The research, which was conducted by scientists from the University College of London studied almost 4,000 people between the ages of 52 – 79. The results of the study showed that those with higher contentment levels stood a 35% reduced risk of premature death than those with a less sunny disposition.
Professor Andrew Steptoe who was lead researcher on the study has said that these findings provide good reasoning as to why positive well-being should be promoted as a remedy for stress.
This is also not the first study to suggest that a ‘glass-half-full’ approach’ to life could be beneficial, with scientists also revealing in the past that positive moods can reduce the production of stress hormones as well as helping to strengthen the immune system.
During the past few years, positive psychology has seen a significant increase in popularity, with therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy being made available to NHS patients in a bid to reduce the cost of depression and anxiety to the UK economy.
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