Scientists revealed that those who have a negative approach to life and a bleak outlook may be able to live longer than optimists, a study found. This is because pessimists experience fear of the future and are often plagued by negative thoughts. This reduces their expectations of life and makes them nurture realistic ambitions.
A study of 40,000 people has revealed that those who are extremely optimistic are associated with enhanced risk of disability and death.
'Our findings revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade. Pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions. People who were 'overly optimistic' about the days ahead had a greater risk of disability or death within ten years. These findings shed new light on how our perspectives can either help or hinder us in taking actions that can help improve our chances of a long healthy life,' said author Frieder R.Lang.