How do psychological states affect health


    How do psychological states affect health

  • 1 Meditation reduces chances of developing cancer and suffering a heart attack

    Older people who meditate live longer and have smaller chances of developing cancer or suffering from cardiovascular diseases. This study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2005.

  • 2 Some people's initials have an effect on their lifespan

    People whose names have more positive initials (GOD, ACE, JOY, WIN) live an average 4 years longer than people whose initials are more negative (PIG, ROT, DIE, ASS). This study was done at University of California in 1999.

  • 3 Older people can get fitter by being brainwashed

    People over 60 became fitter when they were brainwashed with subliminal messages into thinking positively about their age. This study was done at Yale University and published in Psychological Science in 2014.

  • 4 Burnouts can be prevented with daily mediation

    Those under continuous stress eventually succumb to depression or a burnout. Daily meditation for at least half an hour protects against that. This study was done at Kaiser Permanente Northwest report in The Permanente Journal.

  • 5 Loneliness makes stress even worse

    Lonely people live less because loneliness increases the negative effects of stress, particularly inflammation. This study was done at Ohio State University.

  • 6 People that have a purpose in life live longer

    People who have a purpose in life, no matter what that purpose is, live longer. This study was done at Carleton University from 2000 to 2014.

  • 7 Relaxation reduces cortisol

    People who do 15 minute relaxation exercises can reduce their cortisol levels. Cortisol is a byproduct of stress. This study was done at the University of Southern Mississippi and published in Biological Psychology in 2002.

  • 8 Stress makes people fat

    Stress makes people eat junk food and reduces the body's energy burning capabilities. This study was made at Ohio State University and published in Biological Psychiatry in 2014.

  • 9 Cynical, older people are more likely to develop dementia

    Cynical, older people who have more negative thoughts about other people have greater chances of developing dementia. This research was done in Finland from 2008 to 2014.

  • 10 Learning how to handle stress reduces the need for doctors

    People who learn how to handle stress better through training have less of a need to visit doctors. This study was published in the Annals of Behavioural Science in 2003.

  • 11 Loneliness increases testosterone

    Men who socialize less produce more testosterone. This study was done at University of Padova and published in Steroids in 2014.

  • 12 Watching music videos makes people run faster on the treadmill

    A study was done at the University of Portsmouth in 2009 which showed that people performed better on a treadmill while watching music videos on TV screens.

  • 13 Positivity extends life expectancy by 10 years

    Optimistic and happy people live longer - as much as 10 years longer. This study was done on 180 nuns at the University of Kentucky in 2001.

  • 14 Constantly fighting the urge to eat and being on a diet shortens life

    People who are constantly at odds with their hunger and are following a diet have a shorter life expectation. This study was done at the University of California and published in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2008.

  • 15 Types of words people use can determine if they'll live longer or shorter

    People who often use positive words live longer by about 5 years than those who use more negative words in their vocabulary. This study was done by examining 88 biographies of psychologists and the words used in them. It was published in Health Psychology in 2012.

  • 16 Being in control extends life expectancy

    A study showed that people who believe their fate lies in their own hands live longer than those who don't. This study was done at the German Institute for Economic Research and published in Psychology and Aging in 2011.

  • 17 Music affects testosterone levels in men and women

    Listening to music lowers testosterone in men, while it increases it in women. The exception to this was Gregorian music, which didn't affect men. This study was done at Nara University of Education in 2001.

  • 18 Thinking badly of old people increases chances of a heart attack

    Young people who think badly of old people have increased chances of heart attacks when they themselves become old. This study was done at Yale School of Public Health from 1950s to 2010s.

  • 19 People who aren't afraid of aging live 7 years longer

    The way people feel about old age affects their life expectancy. Those who aren't afraid of growing old live an average of 7 years longer than those who are afraid. This study was published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2002.

  • 20 People with needy children live longer

    People who have children that need them even when they are grown ups, live longer. This effect is not as strong as regular exercise or quitting smoking. This study was published in BMC Public Health in 2009.

  • 21 Meditation reduces chances of catching a cold

    Meditating a few times a week reduces chances of getting a cold. The study was done at the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

  • 22 Helping preserve the environment and animals doubles chances of great health

    People who spend time preserving the environment, helping animals or are in some other way in touch with nature have twice the chances of enjoying great health. The study followed more than 4800 people for 20 years. It was done at the University of Michigan and published in Gerontologist in 2010.

  • 23 Psychological understanding makes diets work better

    No matter the diet type followed, people who understand better the psychological reasons why they over-eat have much better results from their dieting. The study was done at the Mexican Social Security Institute and published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2009.

  • 24 Meditation slows down aging

    Meditation increases the activity of the enzyme telomerase in the cells, which has positive effects on longevity. The study was done at the University of California in 2011.

  • 25 Contentedness affects life span

    Content men live longer, while it has no major effect on women. The study was done at the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen and published in BMC Public Health in 2011.

  • 26 Stress makes the body age faster

    Stress makes the body's molecular clock tick faster, which has a life-shortening effect. The study was done at the American National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention in 2009.

  • 27 Anger, disappointment and sorrow shorten the lifespan

    People who aren't bothered by feelings of anger, disappointment and sorrow live longer. The study was done at Karolinska Institutet and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2010.

  • 28 People that enjoy life live longer

    People who are happy, have a sense of humor and are more energetic are more likely to live longer. The study was done at University College London in 2008.

  • 29 Happier people have 40% less chances of developing cold symptoms

    Happy people have 40% less chances of developing cold symptoms after they get sick. This is because the immune system is positively influenced by the mood. The study was done at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006.

  • 30 Perception of the world affects the lifespan

    People that believe in a more just and honest world live longer. The study was done at Trinity Western University and published in the Journal of Aging Research in 2011.

  • 31 Forgiveness extends lifespan

    People who forgive others live longer since resentment affects lifespan in a negative way. The study was published in Journal of Behavioral Medicine in 2011.

  • 32 Curious people live longer

    People who are curious and want to discover new things in life live longer. The study was done at Pennsylvania State University in 2009.

  • 33 Swearing reduces the sense of pain

    People who swear have a reduced sense of pain and are able to endure longer through the suffering. The study was done at Keele University in 2009.