Pessimism seems to be “a substantial risk factor for death” from coronary heart disease, according to research recently published in BMC Public Health. Yet, researchers who were looking for ways to improve the health and wellbeing of older people also found that optimists were not necessarily better off than their less “positive” counterparts.
“Norem suggests those who are feeling a little sour about the future since Trump’s election may be just fine—physically—if they channel that energy productively.”
While the study found a link between pessimism and death from coronary heart disease, it didn’t claim a cause and effect. What we do know is that pessimism creates a stressful environment in the body and that leads eventually to disease.