Proverbs 17:22 ¶A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (KJV)
A pessimistic nature can lead to a short as well as unhappy life. A research study led by Dr. Erik J. Giltay of the Psychiatric Center GGZ Delfland and published in The Archives of General Psychiatry revealed that people who are pessimistic experience death at an earlier age due to other health problems as compared to people with a more positive mental outlook. Studies of this type are important in understanding the mind, body and spirit connection, which is significant to our overall wellness. Here is an excerpt of an article by the Washington Post that discusses the study:
Now, it seems, pessimists may really have something to worry about: their health.
A study by researchers in the Netherlands has found that people who are temperamentally pessimistic are more likely to die of heart disease and other causes than those who are by nature optimistic.
The study, led by Dr. Erik J. Giltay of the Psychiatric Center GGZ Delfland and published in The Archives of General Psychiatry, followed 941 Dutch subjects, ages 65 to 85, from 1991 to 2001. Subjects were ranked in quartiles as pessimistic or optimistic on the basis of their reactions to statements like, “I still have positive expectations concerning my future” and, “I often feel that life is full of promises.”