|Being happy is good for your heart.|
“Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,” said lead study author Rosalba Hernandez.
The optimists had better blood sugar and total cholesterol levels, were more physically active, with healthier body mass indexes and less likely to smoke.
It is thought to be the first study to consider the connection between optimism and cardiovascular health in a large, ethnically and racially diverse population.
SOURCE: Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds 1/8/2015 | Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor NEWS BUREAU | PUBLIC AFFAIRS
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