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Optimism Linked to Reduced Mortality

Being optimistic could lengthen your life, a new study suggests. Writing in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that women with “a general expectation that good things will happen” had significantly lower risk of several deadly diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and infection compared to less optimistic women. “While most medical and public health efforts today focus on reducing risk...

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