Positive Aging Research Paper

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The Effect of Positive Aging Growing old is everyone’s life goal, however, older people are at higher risk of illness and mortality. There are precautions individuals can take to reduce the risk of illness and increase longevity (e.g., regular checkups). In the past decade, researchers have been investigating how one’s mindset can increase physical health in senior adults. Positive mindset or positive thinking is defined as a mental attitude in which you expect good and favorable results (Leading personality, 2008). Physical health is defined as a state of well-being when all internal and external body parts can function properly as they are supposed to function (school for chapions, 2001). Positive aging is a term used to describe the process…show more content…
A report released by Dr. Murray came out stating, “poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system, making you more likely to catch colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times”. The most commonly mentioned direct effect is that chronic unhappiness activates the fight-flight response, which is known to involve harmful effects in the long run, e.g., higher blood pressure and lower immune response. (Cohen et all., 1995) Research has shown negative emotions can increase risk for illness and mortality, this often called the “mind/body connection” (Murray, date unknown). Zautra (2003) conducted a study that suggested there is evidence mental distress (e.g., depression, anxiety) has negative effects on the physical health and indicated that the effects of positive mental states have positive effects on physical health. Growing biomedical research supports the view that positive emotions are not merely the opposite of negative emotions but may be independent dimensions of mental (Kobau, Peterson, Diener, Zach, Chapman, & Thompson,…show more content…
Their results support the conclusion that a positive mindset reduces the risk of illness and increases longevity. Future research should examine these findings in older populations, because only one of these studies examined the effect of a positive mindset on physical health of an older population. The effects of a positive mindset have been shown to reduce risk and longevity on a middle-aged population (Kok et al., 2013). This approach to examining the effects of a positive mindset on middle age participants should lead the way to studying the effects on older adults. In return, the more research that done on this topic, the better the understanding of the effects of a positive mindset on the human population. Empirical studies examining the effect of a positive mindset could identify interventions to prevent physical and mental risks associated with aging and develop programs to inform the public. These interventions and programs could also be included in organized health-education, to broaden education for living
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