Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happier and longer life with optimism

Now, western countries had started to realize secrets of optimism and its medical and psychological benefits especially for woman, knowing that Islam instructed us to be optimistic before 14 centuries ….
Optimistic woman lives longer
A modern American study indicated that the woman who looks at life in an optimistic way lives longer and enjoy more healthy life than the pessimistic woman. Researchers confirmed that woman who looks to the filled half of the cup lives longer and the average of heart diseases and death for her is less than the woman who looks to the empty half of the cup.  
The study which was published by "circulation magazine" and the electronic website "" concluded that aggressive women who mocks others and do not trust people are facing the dangerous of early death.
Also, the study concluded that the optimistic woman is less possible to be infected by diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression, in comparison with the pessimistic woman who might be infected by many diseases which may lead to death.
"after that study I want from people to be less negative " said Dr Hilary Tendel from university of Petersburg , also she pointed  that most evidence indicates that Increasing the negativism among people may be dangerous on health.
The study which focused on the negative effect of women's aggression and also of optimism and pessimism on health - included more than 97000 Woman, after menopause , their ages are between  50-70 years old, and are not infected by cancer or any heart diseases at the beginning of the study.
Those women were subject to the test of "orientation to life" by filling applications which include their view toward life to know whether they are optimistic or pessimistic.
 Measurement of Optimism was by getting 26 points or above. And measurement of pessimism was by getting 22 points or less.
Researchers said that the woman who answer the question  "when things seems unclear in front of me so I expect the best to happen" is an optimistic woman ,but if her answer was "if things seems bad then nothing will stop the worse to come "is an pessimistic woman.
What about principles of Islam?
Dear my readers! When I read such studies I can only say: glory to God!
Islam instructed us to do everything benefits us, also God prohibit everything that may harm us. Therefore optimism is a prophetic Sunna by our Prophet Mohammed (Peace and Blessings be upon him), because he loved optimism and also he loved the good omen because God ordered him to do that.
In spite of that this study was conducted on Women, but it can also be applied on men according to old researches. These researches demonstrated that the optimistic man is enjoying  healthy life more than the pessimistic one, and if we read the Qur'an carefully, we can  find a great Verse, which I remember and recite  in many situations in my life, it is a medicine which helps us to feel satisfied toward our reality and to look positively at everything ,God says (and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know) (Sûrat Al-Baqarah – verse216).
This Verse is a practical method to offer optimism while you are facing the hardest situations. Whatsoever you face of ordeals or problems in your life, you can remember that verse and learn that everything is in God's hand and what seems bad  to you may be the best  but you don't know . Therefore, you will reach the highest level of optimism like Prophet Mohammed (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and his companions. 
Islam take care of women, as there is a complete (Surat) in Qur'an, which is Sûrat An-Nisâ’ (Women). In this Surat God says :( and live with them honorably. If you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a thing and Allah brings through it a great deal of good) (Surat Al Nisa'). This is a recommendation for men to take care of women and to treat them in dignity.
Significantly, this verse contributes in raising level of optimism in women as it is a divine order. It is a great advantage for us over many countries that we treat women in dignity.
In western countries, women get infected by high level of gloominess and pessimism due to Domestic Violence and abuse by men.
It may be a surprise if we know that in America, the most developed country, every single minute; there is a new physical abuse against a woman (according to the latest statistics by united nation).
Therefore, that scientific development didn't teach western countries how to deal with women in dignity, unlike Islam which orders us to do so.
By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel

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