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Study combines optimism with longevity



Expecting good things can be the key to a long life.

People who were optimistic had greater chances of achieving an "extraordinary longevity" or living above 85, as a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows.

This link was present in both genders and persisted even after the researchers considered smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, diet, BMI and depression.

"Our team was surprised and reassured to see similar results in men and women," said Lewina Lee, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine, TODAY.

"We know that optimism is approximately 25% inheritable, meaning that there is room for modification [it].

The study was based on data from 69,744 women in the Nurses' Health Study and 1

,429 men in the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study.

The women who have been persecuted since 1976 have an optimistic a The questionnaire asked how much they agree with statements such as "In times of uncertainty, I usually expect the best" or "I am always optimistic about my future" ,

The men tracked since 1961


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