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Why do optimists live longer?

2022-06-25T12:30:54.921Z

Why optimists live longer, the SPIEGEL interview with the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten - and other reading recommendations of the week from the science department of SPIEGEL.



I asked an expert who is very familiar with the profession.

Michaela Brohm-Badry is a professor for empirical teaching-learning research and didactics at the University of Trier and President of the German Society for Positive Psychological Research e.

V. She says: »Anyone who is optimistic has a high degree of hope that a situation will have a positive outcome.

Optimistic people do not find situations that are stressful or annoying for others as stressful because they believe things are more likely to work out for the better.”

This serenity works like magic on the body.

Optimists have lower levels of stress hormones - making them less prone to high blood pressure, heart attacks, and other ailments.

If they do get sick, they believe that things will get better.

In this way, they trigger a placebo effect - and heal themselves to a certain extent. In addition, optimistic people have a greater incentive to be physically active - and this is the best way to prevent many diseases.

Now the pandemic has occupied us for years, Putin has invaded Ukraine, inflation is becoming a problem.

"Of course it's very difficult to be optimistic at the moment," says Brohm-Badry.

“But it's not about looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.

Optimists still feel that they have control of action in their area, that is, that they still have influence;

that they can still be active in a self-determined manner.«

The genetic influence of having an optimistic nature is only 25 percent;

so a lot is in our hands.

We could write down in the evening: What was good today?

"Two or three good things: my neighbor gave me a friendly greeting, I had a good conversation with my colleague, and the food in the canteen was great," advises Brohm-Badry.

»Or you can ask yourself: What am I grateful for right now?

This is an exercise that leads to good feelings very quickly.«

The personal environment also plays a major role.

Because we tend to become like the people we spend our time with.

"Anyone who surrounds themselves with life-affirming people has a much higher probability of becoming life-affirming themselves," says Michaela Brohm-Badry.

With this in mind, I wish you a weekend with confident people.

Yours sincerely,


Jörg Blech

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In the SPIEGEL interview, the virologist Christian Drosten says how Germany has to prepare for the Corona autumn,

talks about his own mistakes

and warns against willfully becoming infected.

For a large exhibition in Trier, researchers have re-examined the fall of the ancient world power.

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In truth

, the empire self-destructed through internal power struggles.

German researchers are on the trail of the secret of intelligence.

Humans have proportionately more decelerating neurons in their brains than mice.

Does this allow them to focus longer on complicated ideas?

picture of the week

In Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

, biologist Gabriela Santos from one of the local universities presents seahorses she fished out of the sea in a jar.

Fortunately, the local population of sea creatures has increased again in recent years after the taking and trading of wild seahorses was strictly banned in Brazil.

The two specimens were also allowed back into the sea after the assessment.

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Source: spiegel

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