In his book, Thanks: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make you Happier, Robert Emmons writes, “Hopelessness and despair can adversely impact the endocrine and immune systems, even hastening death. Conversely, being an optimist may help reduce your risk of dying from heart disease and other causes. A thirty-five-year longitudinal study of male Harvard students found significantly less disease at midlife in the optimists, after taking into account their health earlier in life.” —Jim L. Wilson
Thanks: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make you Happier, 67.
Romans 5:5 (HCSB) “This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”