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Study: Vitamin D supplements may help fight depression

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland has concluded that vitamin D may help individuals deal with depression. The researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing the results of 41 studies that looked at the use of daily vitamin D supplements in combatting depression symptoms. The studies that included the use of placebos were conducted on individuals who struggled with depression, those who weren’t struggling from depression and those suffering from other physical issues. Study Finds wrote: Researchers say vitamin D regulates central nervous system disturbances associated with depression. Prior cross-sectional studies have linked vitamin D deficiency and symptoms of depression. However, previous meta-analyses on the effects of vitamin D supplementation on depression have been inconclusive, until now. “These findings will encourage new, high-level clinical trials in patients with depression in order to shed more light on the possible role of vitamin D supplementation in the treatment of depression,” notes Mikola. READ: Vitamin D supplements help treat depression, study reveals

Study: Americans $4,200 poorer since Biden became president

A study conducted by the Heritage Foundation has concluded that Americans are $4,200 poorer since Joe Biden was elected president in 2020, the New York Post reports. This is due to inflation and higher interest rates that resulted in living costs exceeding any wage increases over the past two years. The NY Post provides more details: Their analysis found that the average American has lost about $3,000 in annual purchasing power because consumer prices, which have risen 12.7% since January 2021, have spiked significantly faster the wages. Wages have risen just 8% over the same period, which has effectively resulted in a pay cut for Americans struggling to pay for daily necessities including food, gas and rent. Higher interest rates and borrowing costs have also reduced the average person’s purchasing power by another $1,200, according to the report. Simply put, working Americans are $4,200 poorer today than when Biden took office,” said EJ Antoni, a research fellow in regional economics with the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. READ: Americans have lost $4.2K in income …

Study: Blueberries reverse cognitive decline in seniors?

There is no known medical cure for dementia. But a study conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina suggests that eating blueberries every day can actually reverse cognitive decline in seniors, the Daily Mail reports. The researchers came to this conclusion after studying a group of 86 elderly people, aged 65 to 80. Half were provided with blueberry powder to mix with their food and half were provided with a placebo. An additional 43 people, who were experiencing no cognitive decline, were added to function as a control group for the study. The Daily Mail provides more details: Researchers found that those who consumed the blueberries each day had their mental processing speed greatly recover after the period. It was restored to the point that on average they had the same processing speed as the control group who reported no cognitive decline. Processing speed is the ability that the brain can store and then recall information. The researchers nots that it is key to all brain function – and its improvement shows an …

79% of Christian schools reported an increase in attendance

According to a survey conducted by DickersonBakker, attendance is up in 79% of the Christian Schools in America with 43% reporting a ‘substantial’ increase since the pandemic started in 2020, ChristianHeadlines reports. DickersonBakker added that the growing interest in Christian schools was due to multiple issues including pandemic-related, and as well to concerns about moral and social issues. READ: Christian School Enrollment Booms: 79 Percent See Increase Post-Pandemic, Report Says New Christian schools opening The survey only looked at the growth of established Christian schools and does not include the interest reflected through the opening of new Christian schools this fall and in 2023. Pop star Kanye West recently announced opening of Donda Academy this fall in Simi Valley, California. MSN reports that the Christian school will include as part of its curriculum, “full school worship; core classes of language arts, math and science; lunch and recess; enrichment courses including world language, visual art, film, choir, and parkour”. READ: Kanye West opens private Christian school called Donda Academy Pastor John McArthur who pastors Grace Community …

Expressing gratitude leads to a happier life, poll reveals

A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Motivosity, in July 2022 has concluded that the more thankful people are, the happier they are, StudyFinds reports. The poll involving over 2,000 Americans found that 65% of those surveyed who said they were very happy in life were also those who most often (always) expressed gratitude for things done for them. The survey also found that of the 35% who stated that they regularly expressed gratitude for their lives, 62% said they were also ‘very satisfied’ with their lives. Along this vein, the survey found that on average Americans expressed gratitude six times a month for kindnesses that someone had done for them and said they also received the same amount of expressions of gratitude. The survey also discovered that Americans living in the Southwest part of the US, 75%, were most often to express gratitude for things done to them while those living in the Southeast (68%) and Northeast (63%) were least likely to express gratitude. According to Motovosity VP Logan Mallory there is a …

Poll: 45% of San Franciscans have been affected by crime

A poll conducted by the San Francisco Chronicle revealed that over the past five years, 45% of the residents of the city stated that they have experience theft and 24% said that they have been threatened or experienced violence, RT reports. The same poll revealed that 65Overall, 65% stated that the city is going downhill. Of course, what else could you expect when you elect progressive politicians who believe the real victims are the criminals and are treating them with kid gloves. Realizing there is a rapid deterioration taking place in the city, its progressive lawmakers are now asking for suggestions on how to bizarrely fix a problem they created with their soft-on-crime approach to justice. Writing for the Daily Mail, David Marcus explains: In the City by the Bay, 1,700 people have died from drug overdoses since the beginning of 2020. That is nearly 700 more fatalities than the county suffered from the Covid pandemic. Mayor London Breed says she’s now ready to get serious about the problem, by putting an end to open-air drug markets, …

Poll: Nearly half of Portlanders fear being assaulted

According to a recent survey conducted by Portland, Oregon’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, 48% of the city’s citizens are fearful when venturing out on the city’s streets. Fox News provides more details: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler commissioned the survey from local firm DHM Research. Nearly half (48%) of the 500 Portlanders who responded felt unsafe walking alone at night in their own neighborhood. Of those who felt unsafe, 78% told researchers they were afraid of being physically assaulted. […] Portland has seen a sharper increase in violent crime than many other major cities. Homicides in the city increased 83% from 2019 to 2020, while nationally killings increased by an average of about 30%. There were 90 homicides in the city last year, breaking the city’s previous record of 66 in 1987, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. READ: Portlanders are taking precautions to avoid being attacked in response to rising crime Fox News also reports that the city’s police department is currently understaffed. Of course, Portland’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, initially led the charge in calling for a reduction …

Poll: Majority of American pastors do not believe Christians are required to tithe

A recent survey conducted by the research group, Barna, discovered that the majority of American pastors do not believe that the Bible requires Christians to tithe, Christian Today reports. The study, entitled, Revisiting the Tithe & Offering, found that only 33% of church leaders surveyed believed that Christians should give 10% of their income to the church. Of the 67%, who did not believe that Christians are required to tithe, 21% believed the amount given should be sacrificial and 20% believed that whatever believers donate, it should be an amount that they are willing to give As well, 70% believed that a tithe doesn’t have to be strictly financial. This was the same position that the ancient Jewish Rabbis took on the tithe that Jacob pledged to the House of God in Genesis 28:22. During the night, Jacob had a dream of angels ascending and descending on a ladder to heaven. He took the stone that he used as a pillow, declared it to be the House of God and pledged a tithe to it. …

Survey reveals a growing concern about the beliefs of Evangelical pastors

In Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul encourages believers not to be conformed to this world. The Greek word, suschēmatizō, translated conformed means to fashion or according to Mounce’s Greek dictionary to assimilate oneself so that you comfortably fit in. And a recent survey conducted by Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center is setting off alarm bells about what is happening among Evangelical pastors, as it seems a significant percentage are being assimilated by our modern culture. The survey, entitled American Worldview Inventory 2022, asked 1,000 senior pastors their opinions on over three dozen beliefs. This included pastors of Liberal denominations or churches who don’t believe the Bible. I would not call them either churches or pastors from a Biblical perspective, as most function as little more than social groups, and based on their declining numbers, not very good ones. However, what is concerning are the responses of those who claimed to be evangelical, Bible-believing pastors. The survey revealed that a significant percentage of them are starting to conform to the values of the world. The …

Canada’s push for medically assisted suicide

For those who are unaware, Canada has been providing medically assisted suicide since 2016 and is among 8 countries that fully or partially allow it, writes Susan Bates in her article for the Deseret News. “Canada’s law is considered among the most expansive, and has some of the fewest safeguards for patients,” Bates added. It is officially called Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and according to reports, over 10,000 Canadian were given this assistance in 2021. This was a 32% increase over 2020. But there have been concerns about what is going on after a Canadian veteran stated he was pressured by an employee at Veterans Affairs Canada to use MAID to end his life. What was equally disturbing is that the man, who suffered from PTSD hadn’t brought up the issue and according to Global News, the government employee continued pushing it even after the man had said he wasn’t interested. READ: Ottawa orders ‘full and thorough’ probe into veteran assisted dying discussion The Deseret News provides some other stories: Canadian Prime Minister Justin …

Do ‘big’ dreams make a difference?

“All things are possible to him who believes!” (Mark 9:23 ESV) Does believing for big things make a difference in our walk with God? Well, a recent survey conducted by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has concluded that thinking big makes a difference when it comes to church planting and church growth, Christian Post reports. The ECFA conducted a survey of new church plants in order to determine the best strategies for growth. Many of these involved plants by larger multi-site churches and other denominations. One aspect that the survey uncovered is that the group’s vision of success does seem to make a difference in how successful the church will ultimately be. The study came to this conclusion after comparing the end results of those groups who expected their church would multiply by ten times in five years, with those who did not believe their church would multiply in five years. The survey found that those who had big dreams grew ten times faster than those who didn’t While the big-vision churches reported …

France: 40% of under-35s seriously believe in witchcraft

Surveys in France reveal that there is a growing interest in witchcraft in that country, with one finding that upwards of 40% of those under the age of 35 ‘seriously’ believe in witchcraft, Breitbart reports. The surveys were conducted by Ifop, a French opinion and marketing firm, in 2020 and 2022. The 2020 survey found: Ifop’s 2022 survey reported: The problem came to light after a group blackmailed French soccer star, Paul Pogba, by accusing him of casting spells. Breitbart provides the details: Paul Pogba, a star of the French national football (soccer) squad who currently plays for Italian side Juventus, allegedly paid off a group of blackmailers, including his own brother, 100,000 euros ($100,100) in April, and claimed masked men armed with rifles threatened him in a Paris apartment the month prior. The blackmailers, believed to be childhood friends of Pogba, are said to have demanded as much as 13 million euros. The case became public after Mathias Pogba began posting tweets regarding his brother, including allegations that Paul had used witchcraft to cast spells …

The sounds of hell emanating from a Black Hole?

Most people believe that sound can’t travel in space because it is a vacuum. This isn’t completely true, because certain celestial objects, such as black holes, release gas allowing sound to travel. NASA recently released a recording of a black hole, located about 200 million light-years away: There was an immediate response on Twitter to this eerie sound, with some comparing it to hell. The Blaze explains: “Nasa, on a pleasant august sunday evening: hey wanna hear what’s surely the wailing of souls trapped inside a black hole since the beginning of human existence,” read one popular response. “Oh neat it’s the sound of demons screaming from the depths of Hell,” said Matt Walsh. “I’m not religious, but I’m starting to think that those souls sent to Hell actually end up in a black hole,” tweeted an associate professor of planetary science. READ: NASA releases audio of a black hole and it goes mega-viral after everyone compares it to the sounds of hell Apparently, the sound freaked out one cat:

Cannabis use up 20% in states where it legalized

A new study by the University of Minnesota is warning that the use of cannabis has risen 20% in states such as California and Oregon that have legalized the recreational use of the drug, The Daily Mail reports. The research team noted that along with its legalization, producers are now creating more potent varieties of Marijuana and the study warned that it is an “addictive substance associated with negative health and psychosocial outcomes.” The main push from the activists and politicians justifying the legalization of Marijuana is that it is a ‘safe’ drug. The Daily Mail also interviewed former White House drug advisor, Kevin Sabet, who said the current promoters of cannabis used the same spin as the tobacco industry decades back, who conned the public by promoting it as a safe activity. The Daily Mail explains: ‘Legalization proponents promised everything from lower drug use to a reduced illicit market and tax revenue that would outweigh costs,’ said Sabet, also president of the campaign group Smart Approaches to Marijuana. ‘None of that has been fulfilled, …

Majority believe that elements of the FBI work as ‘Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo’: Poll

The majority of Americans are starting to think that there is a politicized rogue element within the FBI that is working on behalf of President Joe Biden and the Democrat Party. A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports states that 53% of people, who are likely to vote in this fall’s American election, believe elements of the FBI work as “Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo,” the Washington Examiner reports. Rasmussen conducted the poll after the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s private residence in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday, Aug 8, 2022. The majority of respondents agreed with this statement that “there is a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI that are using the FBI as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.” Though 44% of those surveyed stated they had less trust in the FBI, a slim majority still held a favorable opinion of the agency. When Rasmussen asked a similar question in December 2021, only 46% agreed that elements of the FBI worked as President Joe Biden’s personal thugs. READ: Majority …

Will jobs pay the price for the lockdowns?

It seems that the economy will soon be paying the price of the lockdowns, as two reports suggest businesses are struggling. The lockdowns not only resulted in governments shutting down non-essential businesses, but governments also shifted people’s spending habits online, jeopardizing local jobs. According to a survey of over 700 US executives and members of corporate boards conducted by PwC in July, nearly 50% stated that they were thinking of cutting staffing and 52% said that they had already implemented a hiring freeze, Breitbart reports. Breitbart noted that several major corporations have already started laying off employees: Home goods company Wayfair decided to cut approximately 870 workers to help manage operation costs and “realign its investment priorities” following the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press (AP) reported this week. In addition, Best Buy was also cutting jobs as the company grappled with shifting consumer behavior, the AP reported on August 12. Another report states that 97% of corporate executives believe America is heading for a recession. READ: 97% of corporate execs think US is in recession, …

Study: Children from intact, married, families do better in school

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave a pattern for humanity to follow in order to build a successful society. It was simply this, create families. And God was very specific on what this detailed, it occurs when a man leaves his father and mother, and marries a woman starting their own family: 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 NIV) And if we break from this pattern, with such things as polygamy, divorce, single-parent homes, not only will families suffer, but so will the children, and ultimately so does society. With a fallen world, I realize that things happen that are beyond our control, nevertheless this is the pattern that God set at the very beginning for success. And a recent study by the Institute for Family Studies (IFS) has come to a similar conclusion. It found that children do better in school when they are living in a home with both biological parents. Researchers Nicholas Zill, …

When is the last time you spoke in tongues?

When is the last time you spoke in tongues? I am directing this question to myself, as much as I am to anyone else, because based on a recent survey I know at least a quarter of us have spoken in tongues. But are still continuing this spiritual practice today? A recent study conducted by Infinity Concepts and Grey Matter Research (ICGMR) in early August 2022 found that 25% of American Christians have spoken in tongues. Included in this percentage were people who did not consider themselves charismatic or did not attend a Pentecostal church. The survey entitled, “The Renewalists: Pentecostal and Charismatic Evangelicals,” also found that 13% of those surveyed attended a Pentecostal/Charismatic church and of those who did 55% had spoken in tongues, which means 45% had not. So, back to my original question, if you have received this gift of the Holy Spirit, when was the last time you used this gift? I ask this because, despite the controversy, the gift of Tongues is an important part of our walk with God. …

Survey: Nearly 80% of Americans believe there is a two-tiered justice system

Perception is everything and according to a National Issues Survey of eligible voters in 2022 by the Trafalgar Group, nearly 80% of Americans (79.3%) believe that America has a two-tiered justice system, The Daily Wire reports. In other words, the majority of Americans, believe the justice system is politically corrupted and has a different set of rules for those with political connections, compared to the average US citizen. The poll found that the majority of people in both the Democrat and Republican parties held this opinion. However, the percentage of Democrats who believed this (66.7%) was significantly lower than the percentage of Republicans (87.8%) who felt the same. This discrepancy suggests that some believe the justice system prefers one set of political views over the other. Meanwhile, 77.2% of independents also believed there was a two-tiered justice system. READ: Nearly 8 In 10 Americans Believe U.S. Has A Two-Tiered Justice System: Survey 15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to …

Majority of Britain’s children born out of wedlock for the first time in history

According to statistics released by the Office for National Statics (ONS) this week, for the first time in Britain’s history, the majority of children were born out of wedlock, Breitbart reports. ONS, which has been tracking these statistics since 1845, stated that of the 624,828 born in England and Wales in 2021, 320,000 or 51.3% were born to unmarried/unpartnered mothers. Between 1845 and 1978, the number of children born outside of marriage was typically less than 10%. However, by 1988, the number had risen to 34% and to 40% by 2000. READ: Death of Family: Majority of Babies Born Out of Wedlock for First Time in History RELATED: As a proud feminist, I still believe that marrying before starting a family is best for children AND for women, writes Louise Perry

Study: More people attend nondenominational churches in America than denominational

According to the 2020 US Religion Census, there has been a major shift in the type of churches people attend. For the past century, the religious landscape has been dominated by such denominations as Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Methodists. But no longer, the yet-to-be-released report reveals that the number of people attending non-denominational churches exceeded those attending denominational churches, Christianity Today reports. The report stated that since 2010, there are over 4,000 new nondenominational churches in America and along with that an additional 6.5 million Americans were now attending nondenominational churches. Meanwhile, the number of people attending denominational churches has been declining for several years. However, most of the decline is seen in liberal denominations, such as Methodist and Episcopalian, that no longer accept the Bible, as the word of God. READ: Nondenominational Churches Are Adding Millions of Members. Where Are They Coming From?

Study: Drink coffee, live longer?

Of course, anyone with a coffee addiction, like I have, will always point to any research that validates their addiction. With that qualifier, a recent study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that regular coffee drinkers had less chance of dying than those who weren’t during a seven-year study involving 171,000 healthy participants, the Washington Post reports. The study that involved people who were over the age of 56 and were cancer free and had no cardiovascular issues were 30% less likely to die than those who didn’t regularly consume 1.5 to 3.5 cups of coffee a day. READ: Regular coffee drinkers had lower chance of dying in 7-year period

Stressed out workers

According to a recent report by Gallup entitled, State of the Global Workplace: 2022, workers around the world are experiencing an unprecedented level of stress. The report stated that in 2021, 60% of workers feel emotionally detached from their job and 44% state that they felt a lot of stress while at work the previous day. Though the stress they experienced may not be related to work, they nevertheless felt stress while at work. What is equally concerning is that only 21% of workers worldwide felt engaged with their work. The level of a person’s engagement reflects their commitment to doing a good job and as well having a sense of purpose at their work. The employees feeling the highest sense of engagement in their work were in Canada and US where 33% said they felt engaged. The areas of the world experiencing the lowest sense of engagement included Europe, where only 14% felt engaged with their job and North Africa and the Middle East at 15%. READ: Stress reaches ‘all-time high’ among world’s workers …

Study: Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of dying from COVID by 50%

Another study conducted by researchers in Israel and Russia has stated that a deficiency in vitamin D can significantly increased the risk of death from COVID, WND reports. The report published in the Israel Medical Association Journal analyzed several studies that looked at the link between vitamin D deficiencies and COVID severity. The researchers from the Laboratory of the Mosaics of Autoimmunity in Israel and First Moscow State University concluded that a vitamin D deficiency increased the chances of death from COVID by as much as 50%. WND provides more details: They concluded the trials “demonstrate that vitamin D levels are inversely correlated with the COVID-19 severity, serum levels of inflammatory markers and fatality rates, mainly through the modulation of the innate immune response and possible enhancement of antibody generation post-vaccination.” The researchers cautioned that there is “ongoing discussion regarding whether low vitamin D is caused by the infection or if its deficiency negatively affects the immune disease. In any case, they said, giving vitamin D supplements to COVID patients has improved their immune function, …

American trust in mainstream media at historic lows

According to a recent Gallup poll, America’s trust in the mainstream has fallen to a historic low, Forbes reports. The poll found that only 16% of US adults state they had ‘quite a lot’ or ‘great’ confidence in the mainstream newspapers, and only 11% said the same about television news. Equally, concerning is that the level of trust is down 5% on both accounts from a similar poll taken last year. Not surprisingly, the trust in the legacy media is highest among Democrats. In terms of television news, 20% of Democrats said they still trusted this medium, compared to just 8% of Independents and 8% of Republicans. When it came to the legacy newspapers, only 35% of Democrats fully trusted this news source, compared to 12% of Independents and 8% of Republicans. READ: Americans’ Confidence In Media Falls To Record Lows, Poll Finds SPEAKING OF DROPPING RATINGS: Woke to Broke: MLB All-Star Game Draws Lowest Ratings Ever

Ten stories from this week

Here are a ten news stories, that caught my attention, this past week. Prophetic word about draft, fulfilled in the very last pick in 2021 NFL draft Grant Stuard was an all-conference linebacker while playing for the University of Houston. His dad was in prison several times and his drug-addict mother worked strip clubs to feed her habit, leaving Grant to raise his four siblings. There had been hints he would be drafted in the 2021 NFL draft, and a friend even gave a prophetic word, that this would happen. But Grant was losing hope by the time the seventh and final round of the draft started. But Grant was picked by the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the very last pick of the draft. READ: NFL’s Last Draft Pick Sees His Blessing Movie director encourages Chris Pratt to ‘keep standing for Jesus’ Andrew Erwin, who has directed films such as American Underdog and Moms’ Night Out, took to Instagram to support Hollywood actor, Chris Pratt, after he was criticized for sharing that his faith …

Are Canadians tiring of their ‘divisive’ Prime Minister?

A recent online poll conducted in June by Postmedia-Léger suggests that Canadians are tiring of their Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the National Post reports. A clear majority of Canadians, over 60%, said Trudeau was divisive, and is contributing to growing national unity issues in Canada as he pits parts of the country against other regions. The poll also found that 55% of Canadians strongly or somewhat disapprove of Trudeau’s performance. This sentiment was the same in all political parties. Meanwhile, only 7% strongly approved of Trudeau’s performance. Nearly half (49%) believe that Trudeau should resign as leader of the Liberal party before the next federal election. Only 30% believe he should continue as its leader and 21% weren’t sure. READ: Canadians disapprove of Justin Trudeau’s job as prime minister and feel he is divisive, national opinion survey says In the last federal election, held in August 2021, only 32.6% of Canadians voted for Trudeau and the Liberal Party. This means nearly 68% rejected him as Prime Minister. However, Trudeau’s minority government was able to secure …

Poll reveals growing intolerance to Christianity in America

Jesus warned His disciples that they would face times of trouble (John 16:33), and the Lord purposefully did this, so they could prepare their hearts beforehand on how they would deal with it. And then the Lord added in the midst of it, they could still find peace in Christ because He had conquered the world. It is advice that we need to heed today, as we are witnessing an increasing intolerance to Christianity in America, confirmed in a recent poll conducted by Lifeway in the first two weeks of September 2021. The poll found that 59% of Americans believe that there is an increasing intolerance to Christianity, and of those, 24% strongly agreed. For the remainder, only 32% said there wasn’t, while 18% said they weren’t sure. Of course, it was most noticed by those who are on the receiving end of this intolerance, as those with a Christian affiliation, 69% of Protestants and 59% of Catholics, believed this intolerance was growing. It was particularly noticed by those who have greater respect for the …

Poll: Huge majority of Americans believe the US headed in the wrong direction

A recent poll, conducted by the New York Times (NYT), revealed that the vast majority of Americans, and this includes Democrats, believe the US is headed in the wrong direction under President Joe Biden, the Daily Caller reports. The NYT reports that overall, only 13% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction. And for those who voted Democrat, only 27% believe the US is heading in the right direction. The Daily Caller provides more details: The results are the lowest uncovered by New York Times (NYT) polling since the 2008 Great Recession, according to the outlet. Only 27% of Democrats believe that the country is going in the right direction, along with 5% of Republicans, the NYT found. Americans are technically more pessimistic about the future of the nation than during the height of the COVID-19 lockdowns and shortly after the events of Jan. 6, one Twitter user noted. Previous polls typically find that voters aligned with the party in power are more “upbeat,” but this is no longer the case, …

The key to optimism

A recent study conducted by several researchers from Canada and the U.S. has concluded that optimists live longer, the Washington Post reports. The study came to this conclusion after tracking 160,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 for 26 years. At the beginning of the study, the women completed a self-analysis that measured their optimism, with those scoring the highest considered optimists and those on the lower end of the scale, pessimists. In 2019, the researchers then conducted a follow-up study with those who were still alive and also determined the ages at which the remainder had died. While accounting for other factors that contribute to a longer life span, such as economic well-being and ethnicity, the researchers found that those who scored high on the optimist scale lived longer than those who didn’t. Optimists were also more likely to live into their nineties, which the researchers described as ‘exceptional longevity” considering the average life span for women in their study was 83 years. Another study, conducted by researchers from Rochester University in …