4 Ways Your Mindset Affects Your Brain Health




Embracing the good things in life is one way you can live a healthier life. Positivity is more than perspective — it brings along a boatload of brain benefits.

Here are 4 reasons to look on the bright side:

  1. Optimists have a better brain. Optimism helps you grow old with a better brain. According to researchers, staying positive may be the next great way to maintain mental skill as you age. In a study of over 4,000 couples, scientists found a positive association between personal optimism and both memory and ability to process information.

  2. Lowers your risk of dementia. Research suggests having a positive attitude about aging is good for you and may protect against dementia. Negative thinking, on the other hand, is linked to worse brain function and the buildup of harmful brain proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

  3. Heals your heart.  Thinking kind thoughts about yourself can calm your heart rate. Plus, researchers have found that a cheerful disposition regarding your future is tied to a lower risk of heart disease — a dangerous condition that can damage your blood vessels and disrupt the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your brain.

  4. Lowers your blood pressure. High blood pressure (HBP) is one of the most common causes of stroke and has long been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease. But you may be able to protect against the condition by managing your emotions in a healthy way. That’s because your feelings can impact your body’s response systems — like the sympathetic nervous system — that help control blood pressure.



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  • FC&A Staff Writer