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Would you classify yourself as a glass half empty or glass half full person? If you answered half full, new studies have actually revealed that optimism in women is tied to healthy aging and even “exceptional longevity” in a racially diverse group of participants. Put simply? Happy people might actually live longer.

While many people consider optimism and pessimism an inherent part of their identity, making intentional changes to see the silver linings in life may help you live longer and even have a higher quality of life. Let’s dive into the recent findings.

What the study found.

There have been former studies on the same topic, which suggested that a positive outlook on life may contribute to healthy aging and increase longevity—however, the participants were mostly white individuals. Conversely, this wider-ranging study from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) cohort was recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and thankfully explored the concept on a broad range of participants of varying ethnic profiles. 

In this group of 161,808 women between the ages of 50 and 79, the study revealed firstly that “women with higher optimism levels were more frequently non-Hispanic white, had high education levels…had somewhat healthier lifestyles, but did not differ meaningfully with regard to age and marital status.” What was especially interesting: They were also less likely to report health issues like low mood.

The study method.

Based on the study findings, the higher levels of optimism each participant had, the longer they lived in comparison to women who espoused lower optimism levels. This was calculated by utilizing a validated questionnaire (6-Item Life Orientation Test Revised), measuring participants’ degree of agreement or disagreement with a variety of questions. Some of the questions were worded in a positive way and others negative, and levels of optimism were determined by how they reacted to each.


The study authors recognized that participants in this trial “had higher education levels than the average U.S. population.” This may affect quality of life and therefore optimism levels on the whole, so it would be worth expanding this study even further to include a wider range of education levels among participants to capture an even broader set of demographics.

Additionally, the categorization of race and ethnicity is still rather broad within this study, and the authors agree that breaking down the groupings even further could provide more clarity as to the happiness levels of different groups of women. 

How to support longevity.

Although optimism and life outlook clearly have an impact on longevity, there are other things you can do in your day-to-day life that may be able to support healthy aging (i.e., health span) even further. While a nutrient-dense, colorful, and balanced diet is of course essential, and exercise has known ties to longevity, a comprehensive and high-quality multivitamin may also be a worthwhile addition to your routine.

mbg’s ultimate multivitamin+ is a great option to not only fill those inevitable micronutrient gaps (those essential vitamins and minerals you need each day) but also support the important aspects of your body from immune health to your brain, heart, muscles, bones, and more.*

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The takeaway.

It may not always be your first inclination to approach life with optimism, but adjusting your mindset may help you age with ease and increase your overall life span. Of course, this is easier said than done, but making small changes to your habits to find small joys in your day while supporting your body with good nutrition could make all the difference in the years to come.


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In my opinion, the best thing about makeup right now is the endless variety. The rich shades of lip product cover the spectrum. There’s coverage that spans from barely there to full face. Textures come in solid sticks to serum-like liquids. And finishes can appear smooth matte to high shine and dewy.

But with so much variety, it can be challenging to see how these all play together. Personally, I know I struggle with blending together various textures and finishes. The overall look always comes out disjointed rather than seamless and natural. So when I had celebrity makeup artist Delina Medhin on my podcast Clean Beauty School, I knew I had to get some inside tips on an effortless finish. If you’ve seen her red carpet or editorial work before, you know that she’s a master at the big picture and details. Her work is equal parts flawless and effortless. 

Before I get into her makeup application advice, I want to say that we get into a lot in this episode that surpasses the scope beyond makeup—from career advice to finding a supportive work environment. It’s worth a listen, even if you don’t consider yourself a makeup fanatic.

But for those of you who do consider yourselves makeup folks, here’s a tip I’ll be obsessing over for the summer. 

How to use both dewy & matte makeup at the same time.

I love a dewy look. A subtle hint of shine and glowing finish are my beauty love languages. And when I’m having a good skin day, there’s nothing that complements my complexion like a shimmery highlighter and creamy blush. But on days that I’m having a skin flare-up with texture changes and all? Well, my go-to tools don’t seem to work as well. 

“People like to feel like they’re really glowy. So dewy-looking makeup is really popular right now,” she says. (And, well, agreed.) “But the problem is the areas on your face where you may have more texture that you want to minimize, those should really be matte so it appears flatter and smoother.”

She goes on to share an example: “Let’s say the center of your face has more visible pores, which is very common. You should use a matte foundation or mattifying powder on those points, then you can apply your highlighter on the cheekbones to get you that dewy finish.” 

Because dewy makeup, by design, catches and reflects light, it naturally draws more attention to those spots. “The key is simply to look at the skin and think: Where do I want to minimize texture? Well, that’s matte. And where do I want to enhance my skin Well, then go for it and make that dewy,” she says. 

Tune in to get her other genius makeup tips (like how to use your look to tell a story), as well as some entrepreneurial advice. A must listen, through and through. 


The earlier we start working on optimising what is essentially our body’s command centre, the better the outcome as we age.

Ask Professor Kerryn Phelps, author of How to Keep Your Brain Young, why we should be thinking about our brain health and she says the answer is simple: because we don’t until we’re negatively impacted in one way or another.

“Often people begin thinking about brain health only after they become concerned about their own decline in cognition, or because a loved one has developed a brain health issue,” Dr Phelps explains.

According to the Brain Foundation, brains start to age after we turn 40, when cognitive abilities such as processing speed and memory start to decline.

In normal ageing (dementia aside), cognitive abilities decline due to the loss of connective structures called synapses.

The good news is, you can slow the deterioration and keep your brain in shape for many years.

University of Melbourne Healthy Ageing Program director Professor Cassandra Szoeke says their research has found dementia takes 30 years to develop.

“You can’t start early enough,” Prof Szoeke says.

“Think of your body like a car that has to last 100 years.

“You should only use the optimal fuel to get the best out of it.”

Here are five great ways to “exercise’ your brain” and slow the ageing process.

Lock in regular exercise

Prof Szoeke says the biggest single factor in prolonging cognitive and physical health is consistent daily exercise.

Regular exercise spurs the development of new nerve cells and increases the connections between brain cells, providing for an effective way to delay the onset of cognitive decline and dementia.

study by Columbia University found those who moved more scored better on memory and thinking tests over a 20-year period.

Regular activity such as walking, housework and other exercise keeps your heart healthy and blood pumping to the brain.

Fun ways to keep your mind active

Neuroscience Research Australia senior principal research scientist Professor Kaarin Anstey says keeping our minds active can reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

“It also helps us in our daily lives to keep mentally sharp,” Prof Anstey says.

“We should try to stay mentally active throughout our lives.”

So start stocking up on those super-addictive puzzles; a study from Germany’s Ulm University has found working on jigsaw puzzles helps protect against cognitive ageing. Not sure if that’s really your thing? Try exercising your brain with other types of puzzles such as cryptic crosswords or sudoku or by learning a new skill such as a language or musical instrument, suggests Professor Phelps.

“What you’re looking for when you’re learning something new is novelty, variety and something that continues to keep challenging you so you’re always building new neural pathways and keeping the existing ones in good health.”

Eat smarter and get healthy

Overhauling your lifestyle may not sound very sexy, but then again, neither is premature cognitive decline.

As it stands, there are currently 472,000 people living with dementia in Australia – a figure set to increase to more than one million by 2058, Dementia Australia Advocacy and Research executive director Kaele Stokes says.

“Risk factors for dementia can be modifiable and non-modifiable, and the more we look at transforming the modifiable – following a healthy diet such as the Mediterranean Diet, not smoking or drinking to excess, steering clear of drugs and looking after your heart health – there is the possibility to decrease the risk of dementia by up to 40 per cent.”

A hybrid of the Mediterranean-DASH diet and recommends loading up on leafy green vegetables, mixed berries, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, less meat, more legumes, fish once a week and alcohol in moderation has been associated with reduced odds of cognitive impairment.

Get together with others

Whether you’re into book clubs or catching up for a coffee with friends, you’d do well to keep your social calendar full, advises Professor Phelps.

“Social connectedness is hugely important for your brain health, as we know social isolation is a significant factor in cognitive decline,” she says.

One study by the University of Pittsburgh showed older adults who frequently got together with friends, volunteered or attended classes or clubs had healthier brains than those who kept to themselves.

The power of the nap

Many of the world’s great figures swear by the power of a quick nap and several studies show an afternoon kip can pay dividends for your brain health moving forward.

A Chinese study found regular afternoon napping is linked to better cognitive function. Can’t quite sneak off into the storeroom during a lunch break? Aim to sneak an extra hour to your sleep at night.

According to an experiment conducted by the University of Surrey’s Sleep Research Centre, an extra hour of sleep improved participants’ mental agility in tests.


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