Can Our World Gratitude Map Reduce Your Stroke Risk?

Speaking of Martin Seligman's work, a new study by Eric Kim at University of Michigan finds higher optimism associated with a lower risk of stroke.

 "The effect of optimism remained significant even after fully adjusting for a comprehensive set of sociodemographic, behavioral, biological, and psychological stroke risk factors."  

Does that mean we 'glass half empty' types are doomed?  Not at all. Dr. Seligman's 1998 bestseller Learned Optimism sets out research-based interventions to reset our defaults.  "Habits of thinking need not be forever.  One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think."  Another proven way to nudge ourselves into optimism is through a daily practice of gratitude.  What things are you thankful for today?  Pick three.  Post them on our World Gratitude Map.  Feel your blood pressure ease.  Feel your stroke risk recede.


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