Add this to the list of things you should have done years ago: marry an optimist. Researchers at the University of Michigan are convinced that having an optimistic spouse contributes to better mobility and fewer chronic illnesses later in life. It’s true. A U of Michigan news release reports that the researchers studied data from 3,940 adults, who were tracked for four years and reported on their physical functioning (mobility, motor skills), health and number of chronic illnesses. Why the correlation between optimism and spousal health? The researchers suggest that optimists are more likely to seek social support when facing difficult situations and have a larger network of friends who provide that support. Wait, there’s more: optimists engage in healthier lifestyles that simultaneously minimize health risk factors for illness. Read more from the University of Michigan.