According to a brief article in the January 2011 issue of Natural Health Magazine, a sunny outlook on life could actually be good for your health. A study showed that when first-year law students were asked how they felt about their futures, the students who were optimistic showed stronger immune system responses. Immunity tests elicited more sluggish responses when those same students were felling pessimistic.
Try choosing a specific part of your life to consciously stay positive about. Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD, professor of psychology at the University if Kentucky, and author of this study, suggests setting realistic expectations and focusing on the positive about one aspect of your life. “Figure out whether you’re more focused on the negative or the positive feedback you get. We often don’t take our positive feedback seriously enough.”