Those with positive behaviour are known to eat a healthy diet, according to a study, reinforcing the popular theory that being positive or optimistic promotes good health. The research shed light on Regulatory Focus Theory which basically says that people who have a positive outlook tend to engage in healthy behaviours, like eating healthy. We have been told that having a positive behaviour and being optimistic in life can give you positive results. Even scientific research studies back that claim. Having positive behaviour has many other positive outcomes. Here are some ways in which being positive can help you.

Could help inhibit the growth of cancerous tumours: This may seem unbelievable but being positive could also help you beat cancer. Scientists at the Israel Institute of Technology claim that being positive can have a detrimental effect on tumour and cancer progression. A positive mental state leads to rise in dopamine, a neurotransmitter that’s linked to happiness and that leads to a reduction in the activity in the size of the tumours. This also helps in coping with chemotherapy and other forms of cancer treatment in a better way.

Promotes good heart health: Being optimistic leads people to develop more problem-solving skills and helps them manage their stressors. This helps reduce inflammation levels and helps overall heart health, says a study in the American College of Cardiology. On the other hand, stress and negative attitude can increase your risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease and the levels of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body.

Can help your spouse live longer: It’s not just you; even your spouse can benefit from your positive behaviour. If you have a positive attitude, your spouse is likely to have much less risk of suffering from chronic illnesses over time, according to a study. The study noted that when in difficulty, those who are optimistic are more likely to seek social support and have a larger network of friends. All of this helps not just you but also your spouse.

Helps you be more productive: Believing in optimism can help clear your mind and help you think clearly. When you think negatively about a certain outcome, you tend to cloud your thoughts with unnecessary beliefs that serve no purpose other than putting you down. Feeling sad about the outcome can further stress you out and hamper your productivity. That’s why whether it is exam results or job interviews, we are always told to be positive.