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Happiness is good for the heart!

Happiness isn’t just good for the soul it’s now been proven to be good for the heart!

It’s been known for a while that depression, anger and hostility have negative effects on heart health, but now research has gone one step further in showing that happiness can actually have a positive effect on the heart.  So if you want to take care of your heart you should eat well, exercise and monitor your happiness levels!

The Harvard School of Public Health recently released a paper suggesting that positive psychological well-being reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems.

But just eradicating depression and negative mind sets is not enough to boost heart health alone, according to the research this will only you put you at a neutral point.  Whereas actively pursuing higher levels of happiness will drastically improve your heart health!

It’s not only happiness that has a positive effect on heart health according to the study, optimism and life satisfaction are also associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Julia Boehm, Research Fellow said, “The most optimistic individuals had an approximately 50% reduced risk of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared to their less optimistic peers,”

Boehm also found that people with a better sense of well-being tended to have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, and were more likely to exercise, eat healthier, get enough sleep and avoid smoking.

This reduced cardiovascular risk remained true even when age, race and socio-economic status, were taken into account.  So even if you have a penchant for a glass of wine or the odd burger being optimistic could still boost your heart health!

Despite this new research, scientists still aren’t sure how happiness boosts heart health but it’s a good reminder to stay happy and positive not only for its own sake but also for your hearts sake as well.

 

 

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