It’s simply better for your health to not be pessimistic about people or even the government. At times this is hard for me to do this especially when it comes to the government. According to a study published in the journal of Neurology, being cynical or believing that others are motivated by selfish interests increases the chances of developing dementia.
Researchers studied about 1,500 people around the age of 71. They were tested for dementia and how cynical they are towards life in general. The study revealed that a link between cynicism and dementia was a very real possibility even taking into account risk factors like smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. How one perceives their life has a direct impact on their health.
I try not to get riled up when reading or watching the news on TV anymore. Many media outlets attempt to rile us up and their only real intent is to keep us interested in consuming their content. When I look at it from this perspective I get less emotional about whatever subject being discussed and tend to avoid thinking overly cynical thoughts about our government leaders. Of course there is always the option of ignoring the news altogether.
Dr. Shah, MD