I’m generally a pretty optimistic person. I try to see the bright side, and stay grateful.
Admittedly, it has been hard lately. Harder than I can remember it ever being.
But I try.
And guess what?
This “sunny” attitude of mine doesn’t just keep me grounded, and mostly positive.
It’s helping Karen too.
(I can almost hear her grimacing in the other room right now.)
Because it turns out that having an optimistic partner can lead to better health.
New research found that being in a relationship with an optimist might actually help decrease the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
We devote a lot of time to our partners. And this study followed almost 4,500 couples up to 8 years.
And positive people are better at maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly. Which leads to better overall health.
Simply put, the optimists lead by example. And their partners are more apt to follow this lead.
Not naturally optimistic? You can learn to be. Engage in small acts of kindness. Reframe your task lists to be more like “get to do’s” instead of “have to do’s.”
And put on some good music.
I think I’m going to crank up “You Got Lucky,” by Tom Petty and see what Karen thinks.
Stay safe out there.