Having a sense of purpose and exuding optimism can benefit your health and help you live longer. Happiness, optimism, and life satisfaction are all associated with a lower risk of heart disease. One study showed that the odds of suffering a stroke are reduced by 44% in people who feel that they have a sense of purpose.*
The next time you think of a negative thought, commit to thinking three positive thoughts to counteract the negative. Also, consider keeping a bedtime journal to record three positive things you experienced during the day.
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