Experiencing health problems including fatigue, chest pain, mouth sores, rashes, fever, etc.? If yes, you are most probably suffering from inflammation. It is basically the end result of your body’s response against microbes or things that harmful, in an attempt to heal itself. A new study has revealed that being optimistic can help you deal with this situation. Also Read - 'Wherever I Went, Whoever I Met There is Great Spirit of Optimism Towards India', PM Modi Winds up 'Extremely Productive' US Trip
When a harmful substance invades your body, your immune system gets triggered and start releasing antibodies and proteins. Sometimes, this response leads to inflammation. In case it is temporary, there is nothing to worry about. However, in case of a constant state of alertness of your immune system, you may suffer from chronic inflammation. And, this can gradually damage your body’s healthy cells, tissues, and organs. In severe cases, chronic inflammation can also cause DNA damage and can make you susceptible to cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, asthma, etc. Also Read - Optimism Likely to Reduce Diabetes Risk in Postmenopausal Women, Says Study
Chronic inflammation cannot be treated but it can be managed well through certain drugs and dietary habits. Apart from that, being optimistic can be of good help as far as reducing inflammation is concerned. This is what a study conducted by the American Stroke Association has revealed. According to them, something as simple as just a positive thought can lower inflammation significantly. This shows how beneficial a positive environment can be when it comes to treating inflammation. Optimism does not only serve this purpose but has other health benefits too. Also Read - India Inc welcomes optimism shown in Economic Survey
Optimism has been found to help cardiac patients get well soon. According to researchers in the field, optimistic people are three times less likely to develop a heart attack than pessimistic people. Another Finland based study revealed that optimism is also associated with the onset of hypertension. According to the research, pessimistic individuals are three times likely to develop high blood pressure as compared to the optimistic ones.