Positive thinking and optimism can reduce an adult’s risk of death from disease by an average of:

A: 30%!

Maintaining an optimistic outlook on life can significantly reduce an adult’s risk of death from cancer, heart disease, infection, stroke and respiratory disease by an average of 30%.

Optimism has been associated with healthier behaviors and better ways of dealing with life’s challenges. Optimism can be boosted by simply thinking about and writing down the best possible outcomes for different areas of your life, such as work or relationships.

Focusing on the best possible scenario rather than all of the things that could go wrong is a natural and easy way to boost your optimism. As with most things, it will probably take some practice before you are naturally able to think optimistically the majority of time.