How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101623633
  • 288 Pages
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  • Adult


Why looking up matters

A positive attitude is important, but until now we didn’t know how important. In Up, a practicing physician and NIH-funded researcher draws on her research and experience to show that our outlook on life— our unique patterns of thinking and feeling about ourselves, others, and the world—may be the key to how well and how fast we age.

From wrinkles to cognitive decline, our outlook affects our health at every level. Using the framework of outlook GPS, Up illustrates how we can gauge our current attitude latitude and move to healthier ground. Tindle brings a fresh eye to attitudinal traits such as optimism, noting that it has many faces, including the face of her own struggling optimism. Using the 7 Steps of Attitudinal Change that she applies to her own patients, Tindle offers us a path toward healthy aging.

Prescriptive and accessible, Up puts forward a paradigm shift in how we age and treat disease, giving even the most struggling optimists a chance for hope. It will appeal to readers of The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin as well as The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner.


“The latest scientific research confirms that developing a sense that you can make things better in the future is a key first step to improved health. The trick is how to do this. Up is Dr. Hilary Tindle’s excellent guide to making the turn to that important new direction. It’s a path not only to better health but to a happier life.”—Howard S. Friedman, author of The Longevity Project
“A wonderfully written, wise, and ultimately practical book for helping people age in a meaningful and healthy manner.  Full of personal examples, exercises, and easy-to-digest research findings, Up will help you understand how powerfully a positive and accepting attitude can impact your body and mind.”—Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion
“In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Hilary Tindle takes us on a fascinating journey to a hidden spring of health and longevity—our attitude or outlook. Up reveals that we have the power to change our outlook to become more positive (and realistic!). Dr. Tindle makes the case with compelling scientific evidence and delightful stories, and offers practical strategies for moving ourselves in the right direction. This intelligent, warmhearted book will help you gently take back control of your own health and wellbeing.”—Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
Up is as hopeful as it is helpful…Dr. Tindle reminds us that the power to substantially improve our health and longevity is in our own hands…Even if you think you are already an optimist, read this book: you may discover that you’re struggling at maintaining your mindset and learn what to do about it. If you’re feeling pessimistic, it will certainly uplift your mind and body. Skeptics too will learn from Up’s incisive arguments about how your thinking can transform your well-being.”—Michael V. Pantalon, author of Instant Influence
Up is a timely and fascinating book that teaches everyone about how crucial optimism is and how to create it in your own brain and your own life…This book is essential for everyone, optimists and pessimists alike.”—Andrew Newberg, author of Words Can Change Your Brain
“A must-read for anyone interested in how our attitudes and world view can impact our health. Dr. Tindle’s style is very engaging, and the book is rich with examples from her own practice while staying true to the underlying science. I highly recommend it.”—Michael F. Scheier, Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University