Why Nice Girls Finish Last —

And That’s Good

Agro loud women die early

By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
old-lady Not out @ 110years

Nice women really do finish last. And that’s a good thing, if you’re talking about the ultimate finish line of life, which we are. Enjoying life longer than all your classmates is great as long as you have nurtured younger friends.

In a study of more than 97,000 women, those who were the most cynical and hostile (the researchers’ words, not ours; that’s one heck of a combination, and yes, there IS a test for that) had a 23 percent higher risk of dying from cancer, and, in fact, tended to die earlier from all causes than their nicer peers.

The brighter side: Optimistic women tended to live longer (we’re good with that; our wives fit that category).

They had a 16 percent lower risk for heart attacks, 14 percent lower risk of dying earlier than their peers and a 24 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Men weren’t included in this study, but we suspect that optimism also would have positive effects and that cynical hostility doesn’t really work for our gender, either.

It’s possible that optimism and hostility affect your actual physiology. And it’s clear that optimists deal with bad things in healthier ways, which may lead to less health-sapping stress. Optimists also build stronger social relationships, a critical aspect of adding years to your life and life to your years.

Can you change your point of view? It’s not out of the question, and it’s worth the effort. Simple ways to start: Try helping people, engaging in your community or in a spiritual community, or just expressing gratitude to someone.

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