When you think about your future, do you feel like it will be a happy one? Bustle, and a study published in the PNAS journal suggest that those who are more optimistic about their future live longer!

Over 70,000 people were followed for more than decade, where they were given assessments and general health checks over the course of the study. Lifestyle habits were discussed like smoking and alcohol consumption as well.

The researchers concluded that those at the top of the scale for optimism had a 11-15% chance of living longer, and significantly higher chance of living past the age of 85.

When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, try some self-love techniques or seek out help from friends or a therapist to help develop ways to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones.

(via Bustle)