A positive outlook on life will keep a healthy heart


Scientists from Harvard Medical School found that people with optimistic outlook on life probability of clogged arteries or stroke is reduced by almost 50 percent. Earlier medical studies have shown that negative emotions such as depression, anger, anxiety and hostility can cause serious harm to the health of the cardiovascular system.

In the current study was first carried out such a large systematic review on the topic, in which the experts at Harvard found that the psychological condition marked by positive emotions, it appears, has beneficial effects on the heart.

Lead author Julia Boehm (Julia Boehm) noted in its report that: "The absence of a negative psychological mood of a person is not equivalent to the presence of positive emotions. We found that factors such as optimism, life satisfaction and happiness are closely associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease independent of indicators such as the age of the person, his socio-economic status, smoking status or body weight. For example, the most optimistic people were about 50 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than their less optimistic colleagues. "

Review of over 200 studies that are in two major scientific databases, has shown that the psychological state of the person, expressed optimism and positive feelings, protects against cardiovascular disease. These indicators, as follows from the results of many studies have also contributed to slowing down the development of the disease.

Dr. Boehm and co-author Professor Kubzanski Laura (Laura Kubzansky) also investigated the relationship between psychological factors and biological markers and actions that affect heart health. They found that individuals experiencing positive emotions, different health behaviors, such as playing sports, eat balanced meals and slept the required amount of time.

In addition, the well-being of people contributed to the improvement of biological functions, which manifested itself in the form of a normal blood pressure, cholesterol and body weight. Experts point out that if future research proves the presence of the potential impact of a higher level of satisfaction, optimism and happiness to human health, then there will be the point in the development of national strategies to achieve a specific result.

The analysis was published in the online version of the journal Psychological Bulletin.

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