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      BEING OPTIMISTIC 'IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH'
      Ananova
      Tuesday, August 13, 2002

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_649209.html?menu=news.scienceanddiscove
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      Researchers in Minnesota have found optimists have a better quality of life
      than pessimists.

      They studied 447 patients given personality tests in the 1960s and follow-up
      health surveys 30 years later.

      In the follow-up, pessimists suffered more physical problems and poorer
      emotional and mental health than their optimistic counterparts.

      The same team, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, has already carried out a
      study showing optimistic people live longer than pessimists.

      Researcher Toshihiko Maruta, said: "Our latest study provides documentation
      for beliefs commonly held by patients and health care practitioners about
      the importance of optimistic and pessimistic attitudes."

      He added: "The wellness of being is not just physical, but it is
      attitudinal. How you perceive what goes on around you and how you interpret
      it may have an impact on your longevity, and it could affect the quality of
      your later years."

      Dr Maruta says more research is needed to explain why optimistic people
      enjoy healthier, longer lives.

      He said: "Questions remain about the practical significance of these
      findings for health care practitioners."

      The study features in the journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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