Why positive thinking is the best way to get a grip – The Times

Being optimistic about your life helps you lead a longer and healthier lifeREX FEATURES

The power of positive thinking has been backed up by science. The more meaningful you believe your life to be, the faster you will walk, the stronger your grip will be and the less chronic pain you will suffer, a study says.

Researchers from University College London found that people who saw the things they did as being worthwhile were healthier as they aged. They had a higher concentration of vitamin D in their blood, healthier cholesterol and lower levels of inflammation.

Andrew Steptoe, the lead author, said that the findings could help efforts to “tease out better ways to promote a good life in middle and older age”.

Researchers used data from more than 7,000 adults aged over 50 who were taking part in…

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