Good news: turns out a glass half full is more than enough to sustain your health, heart and salary for years to come. Here's why it's high time to crack a smile
" Always look on the bright side of life." Believe it or not, Monty Python offered up some of the best health advice of the 10th century. Research shows that optimists live longer, are richer and are mentally stronger than pessimists. They have lower stress levels and better immune systems. They get more exercise
and eat more healthily. One 10-year study found that optimists were 23% less likely to die from heart disease and 55% less likely to die prematurely from all
causes. It's tempting to think that these bright-eyed fools are setting themselves up for one fall after another. But, on average, they earn 20k more a year than negative thinkers. And studies show that pessimists feel just as bad when things go wrong - the only difference is that the optimist concludes that next time things will be better. Chances are, they will be. So turn the page to tap into the powerof positive thinking.
20 REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
Rise above the politicians' incessant gloom and doom-there are plenty of positive omens for 2012 and beyond
1 THERE'S AN 88% CHANCE YOU'LL GET A PAY RISE
According to the CBI Employment Trends Survey,only 12% of firms will freeze pay this year,down from 55% in 2009·
2 WOMEN ARE HORNY
More so than ever,it seems.A survey by goodinbed.com found that women are now more 'experimental' and more likely to share their fantasies. Now that's a real bonus.
3 HOMES WILL BE CHEAPER
"Interest rates look set to remain at historically low levels for longer than expected, with positive results for mortgage affordability in 2012," says the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
4 STARTING A BUSINESS IS GETTING EASIER
"The new Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme provides an alternative to bank lending for higher-risk start-up companies," says John Cridland, director-general of CBI. lt offers tax breaks to anyone who invests. £100k in start-ups.
5 CATSUITS ARE BACK
The streets should be overrun with leather-clad girls come July's release of The Dark Night Rises. Thankyou,Mr Nolan.
6 THE WORLD WANTS BRITISH
The value or British exports to emerging markets will rise by 12% a year for the next decade, says Ernst & Young. Good for all, but especially if you work in mining, finance or manufacture of high-tech goods.
7 KILLER DISEASE HAS ITS DAYS NUMBERED
Your chance of dying from heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease will drop. The new NHS Health Check, a free screening service for the over-forties, is being rolled out now. See nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck.
8 STANNIS BARATHEON CLAIMS THE THRONE
For the uninitiated, that means series two of Game of Thrones about to land on Sky Atlantic. You have a few weeks to catch up.
9 YOU'LL GET RICHER
The Bank of England predicts inflation will drop to 2% by the end Of 2012, meaning your precious pay-cheque will go further.
10 RIDLEY SCOTT HAS MADE A NEW ALIEN FILM...
...thirty three years after the original. OK, it's not strictly an Alien film but Scott says Prometheus,out in June,retains 'Alien DNA'.
11 THE STREETS ARE SAFER
The British Crime Survey found that crime is at its lowest in England and Wales for 29 years. No caped crusader needed.
12 JOBS ARE COMING
"Extension of the Regional Growth Fund by,£lbn will encourage business investment and create new jobs, particularly in manufacturing," says Cridland.
13 BOND WILL RETURN...
...in Skyfall on 26 October. Director Sam Mendes says there will be "surprises".
14 YOUR CAR IS LESS LIKELY TO GET TOWED
"Thousandsof people pay extortionate fees to have a clamp removed or get their car back," says Gillian Guy, chief executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau. Thankfully, the Protections of Freedoms Bill, which is making its way through parliament, will ban private clamping and towing.
15 THE IPHONE 5 IS COMING
"It's not just the most anticipated gadget of this year, it's Steve Jobs' legacy," says T3's Rob Temple. Don't renew your contract until it's out.
16 ...AND IT MIGHT EVEN BE MORE AFFORDABLE
Android smartphones now make up close tp 50% of the UK market, according to analysts at Kantar Worldpanel. The next iphone could face a price war.
17 GETTING FAT IS HARDER
Well, more expensive, at least. The government, following Denmark's lead, is considering a 10% fat tax on foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat.
18 HOLIDAYS IN THE UK WILL BE BETTER THAN EVER
Whether you plan to climb the three peaks, surf the Gower Peninsula or book onto that Beatles tour of Liverpool - this is the year to do it. The European Tour Operators' Association says that the Olympics will drastically reduce the number of foreign tourists visiting anywhere in Britain that isn't London. That means we'll get lower prices and less crowding in the rest of the country.
19 NINTENDO IS CHANGING THE GAME AGAIN
Mario and Co brought gaming to the masses with the Wii, and this year they're looking to win over'core' gamers with the Wii U. "It combines an iPad-like touchscreen with the motion-sensing capabilities of the original Wiimote," says Temple.
20 DAISY LOWE IS SINGLE
Atleast she was as Men's Health went to press. Huzzah.