A dose of optimism, medicine for 2022

A dose of optimism, medicine for 2022
A dose of optimism, medicine for 2022

He struggles to emerge, suffocated as he is between anxiety and fear. Optimism seems to no longer be able to find its place. It appears and disappears merging with hope and illusion. Yet, as science shows, he is the very life force of our body and psyche. It also extends our life. Just read a study from the University School of Medicine in Boston. The research was conducted by analyzing two groups of over 70,000 men and women. Levels of optimism were tested through a questionnaire that measures individual feelings about the future. The scientists then compared the lifespan of the “positives” with that of the “negatives”. Optimistic women, it emerged, live about 15% longer than pessimistic ones. Among men with a positive attitude towards life, however, there was an increase in longevity by 11%. It’s possible, the researchers explain, that optimism fosters a healthier lifestyle and stronger social bonds. Other studies had already highlighted the role of this happy attitude in being able to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and in increasing the energy to counteract stress.

TIREDNESS

“We have to think of optimism as a protection for the psyche. By now everyone knows that mask, hygiene and distance keep the virus away from our body. But how many, on the other hand, know that learning to be optimistic protects us from isolation and drift? Unfortunately, there is no mention of it, causing serious social damage. As we are seeing – comments Massimo Di Giannantonio professor of psychiatry allUniversity of Chieti and elected president of the Italian Society of Psychiatry – Yes, you learn to be optimistic. You have to train, especially right now. It helps not to be paralyzed by the panic that arises from catastrophic visions and uncertainty. It is a capacity to look at things differently, which we feel we need today. You have to train, as in sport, to identify opportunities even in unfavorable conditions ». Being perpetually in a state of defense takes away the lifeblood, drags into a condition (often repeated) of fear and fatigue. Without light. We are talking about exercises that are certainly more tiring these days than a session in the gym or a run in the park. But necessary. A dose of optimism, in addition to those of the vaccine, seems to be the necessary way to start a new year. It might seem senseless and anachronistic today to talk about a happy look towards the near future. On the contrary, we must commit ourselves to do so “precisely to remember how human beings have always had the tendency and ability to seek construction, planning, asking questions and solving problems”, he explains. Antonella Delle Fave, specialist in Clinical Psychology and Professor of Psychology atUniversity of Milan. Probably no one has been able to better summarize the benefits of Winston Churchill’s optimism when he said that “the optimist sees the opportunity in every calamity while the pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.” Optimism is associated with a better quality of life, and a lower propensity to develop both physical and mental disorders. On the behavioral level, optimists make greater use of the support of doctors and, in situations of need, are able to obtain the help of others more effectively. On a biological level, the positive emotional states of optimists strengthen the body’s immune system, making it more resistant to disease and more capable of recovery. For example, in the optimists, more cells were found that improve immunity for viral infections and cancer. Optimistic patients with heart disease have a lower risk of heart attack. Help to train optimism can come, for example, from “Half-full movement“(Mezzopieno.org): a network of people, researchers, teachers, entrepreneurs, students, artists and associations that believes” in the ability to create beauty and harmony, in the power of positivity and collaboration “. Half full, in fact, the glass is seen by those who have the strength and desire to raise their eyes and look ahead. The manual is also a source of inspiration to keep at hand in this era ” Learn optimism (Giunti editor) of the founding father of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, lecturer at the Department of Psychology of theUniversity of Pennsylvania. It teaches us, for example, to recognize our “explanatory style”, that is what we say to ourselves in the face of adversity, to neutralize the habit of thinking “I give up”, to improve mood and the state of the immune system and to help our children, from an early age, to use those ways of thinking. “Being optimistic, right now, is a skill we feel we need. It is important to be able to see opportunities even in unfavorable circumstances. When you no longer have motivation and you don’t see the meaning of what you are doing – continues Di Giannantonio – life becomes toxic and unbearable. This must alarm us. This is the time to ask for help from friends, relatives, the doctor. Those who cannot look beyond are devoid of energy, feel emptied and confused. He is really bad ».

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