A men­tal trick to help you think more pos­i­tively, and ev­ery­day habits that could be speed­ing up the age­ing process.

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Even if you’re the dark and stormy type, you can learn to be more sunny, says new science. What it takes is imag­in­ing your­self many years from now, af­ter ev­ery­thing has gone as well as it pos­si­bly could and you’ve ac­com­plished all your life goals. “Op­ti­mism is a way of think­ing about the future, and we can change our think­ing,” says John Malouff. Af­ter analysing 29 dif­fer­ent stud­ies in which par­tic­i­pants went through op­ti­mism train­ing, John and his col­leagues found this visu­al­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise produced a sig­nif­i­cantly greater perk-up than any other. “Pic­tur­ing our­selves happy fo­cuses our think­ing on pos­i­tive out­comes, and leads us to plan how to achieve them,” he says. Things are look­ing up al­ready, right?

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