Could Optimism Be The Secret To Living A Longer Happier Life

Dated: 10/03/2018

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Could Optimism be the Secret to Living a Longer, Happier Life?

      Recent scientific research now confirms the secret ingredient to a longer life—an optimistic attitude.  And there’s even better news...anyone can learn to be more optimistic.

      A 2004 Dutch study found that optimistic people live longer, in fact, almost 30% longer than pessimists. Scientists found an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and weakening of the immune system associated with pessimism.

      Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, reporting on a 30-year study found that optimistic people live about 19 percent longer than pessimists do. 

These findings come from studying 839 people living in Minnesota. The researchers found people classified as “optimists” had significantly better survival rates. Optimists were less likely to develop depression, sought medical help when needed, and took better care of themselves.

      So how can you become more optimistic?  Here are six tips for becoming a more optimistic person:

1.   Set Specific Goals. A study of self-made millionaires found they set goals and consistently take action.

2.   Project A Cheerful Voice. Research has shown people feel the emotion they are acting. Use a positive voice.

3.   Use Positive Language. Use upbeat words: opportunity, challenge, recharging, success, can do, solution.

4.   Practice Good Posture. Optimists have good posture, stand tall, walk briskly, and take big steps.

5.   Focus on Solutions. When a difficult situation comes up, focus on the solution, and put it into action.

6.   Be A Role Model. When you act as a role model for your co-workers, employees, family, and friends, you’ll become more optimistic.

      Just by applying these six steps to your life, you can change your thinking, and reduce your risk of physical illness and live a longer, and more fulfilling life.

Real Estate Corner…

Q.  What Things Should I Consider Before Making An Offer On A Home?

A.  First, determine how much home you can afford.  In general, you can afford to buy a home equal in price to three times your gross annual income.  More precisely, however, the price you can afford to pay for a home will depend on six factors:  1) Your income; 2) The amount of cash you have available for down payment, closing costs, and cash reserves required by the lender; 3) Your outstanding debts; 4) Your credit history; 5) The type of mortgage you select; and 6) Current interest rates. 

The process of buying a home is much easier if you start out by getting pre-qualified or even pre-approved with your lender for a home loan.  This amount will let you know how much home you can buy, and makes you a more credible buyer.

How Much Of Your Personal Net Worth Is Sitting In Your Home?

You might be shocked to learn how much your net worth has automatically increased and is sitting idle in your home.  Don’t leave your financial well-being up to just anyone.  Call me at 808-640-1742 and I’ll give you all the facts, based on valid, real-world home sales history.  Call now!  I look forward to hearing from you!!

Starr Kealaluhi, R, ABR, CRS, BIC

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Starr Kealaluhi

I was born on the island of Oahu, I grew up on the island Maui and I currently reside on the Big Island-- since 1995. Being born and raised on the islands, I am an island girl at heart. I love livin....

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