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