Lifestyle, diet and optimism

A healthy lifestyle and diet associated with a higher level of optimism

Moderate physical activity, refraining from smoking and moderate alcohol consumption were associated with an high level of optimism.

Eating more fruit, vegetables, and whole grain bread was also related to a higher level of optimism.

Optimistic through healthy living?

Optimism was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular death, but the underlying mechanisms for this association are unknown. Therefore, the associations of diet and lifestyle with optimism were investigated in the Zutphen Elderly Study. Information on lifestyle, diet and optimism was collected every 5 years in the period 1985-2000.