Thomas Jefferson once wrote that, “nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” More currently, the popular motivational speaker Zig Zigler said, “It is not your aptitude, but your attitude that determines your altitude.”
Attitude. There are literally thousands of studies and articles that discuss the impact having a positive mental attitude has on aging and longevity. In a review of 160 published medical studies, it was shown that people who had a positive mental attitude enjoyed better health and longer lives. This link between positive mindset, better health, and longer lifespan was actually shown to be stronger than the link between obesity and reduced lifespan.