It’s no secret that living as a “glass is half full” woman can perk up your health. It’s only natural that optimistic people enjoy their lives to the fullest, take care of themselves and age remarkably, right? But now busybodies in lab coats are getting involved, and new research points to a strong link between optimism and improved health during your 40s and beyond. A 2013 study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, for example, has found a link between positive thinking in middle age and healthy levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good guy” that helps to boosts your heart health by removing harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol out of your arteries.
To foster an optimistic mindset, Harvard experts recommend savouring small, everyday pleasures. Rather than constantly reaching for the next big thing, take a moment to appreciate the elements in your life that bring you joy, such as an afternoon spent with family, the beginning chapters of a beautiful novel or weather that doesn’t require you to wear any socks (hello: spring!) They offer these tips for learning how to delight in the blessings you’ve been given: Avoid multi-tasking, celebrate your good moments and make time for the things that thrill you without OD’ing on them (even manicures can become obnoxious if you get them done daily).
Live for today! Telling yourself that the best days are behind you is a sure-fire way to feel old. Treat yourself to a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion facial so that your outer glow matches your inner.