According to a study published in the Journal of Personality, having an optimistic mindset may have a positive impact on your partners health, staving off risk factors leading to alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive decline.
An optimistic partner may encourage their loved one to lead a healthier lifestyle, for example, a factor that has been linked to a reduced risk of dementia.
William Chopik, assistant professor of psychology and co-author of the study, explained: “We found that when you look at the risk factors for what predicts things like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, a lot of them are things like living a healthy lifestyle.”
He added: “Maintaining a healthy weight and physical activity are large predictors. There are some physiological markers as well. It looks like people who are married to optimists tend to score better on all of those metrics.”
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