Be An Optimist For A Healthier Heart

February 11, 2015

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It’s not uncommon for heart health to be influenced by emotions. Past studies have shown that various feelings have different effects on our pulse and functionality of the heart. And as the latest research suggests, our outlook on life also plays a significant part in our cardiovascular health.

The study compared blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol levels, dietary intake, physical activity, and tobacco use among its participants.

The key factor was that some of them were optimists while other didn’t have such a cheerful way of thinking.

The end results showed that optimistic people have 50% less chance of suffering from a cardiovascular disease than pessimists.

As Rosalba Hernandez, the lead author of the study said: “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts. This association remains significant, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health.”

So the next time you start getting all gloomy and depressed about life, remember that when there’s a will, there’s a way. If you want to stay healthy, start thinking positive and your heart will thank you.


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