elderly-banana-smiles.jpgOptimists live longer, healthier lives than pessimists, US researchers said on Thursday. In a Women’s Health Initiative study initiated by the University of Pittsburgh, women who were optimistic — those who expect good rather than bad things to happen — were 14 percent less likely to die from any cause than pessimists and 30 percent less likely to die from heart disease after eight years of follow up in the study. Optimists also were also less likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, or smoke cigarettes. (Read the full report in Reuters)

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