Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day FRI 30 JAN 15
Be fabric conscious and pick clothes made from natural rather than synthetic fabrics. Every little thing we do to help save the environment can go a
  • Good House Keeping
    Start fresh this 2015 with Good Housekeeping's January issue, with tips and stories to help you drop those holiday pounds, revamp your look, and even re-ignite the spark in your marriage.
    Good Housekeeping
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
April 25, 2012

Being Happy Keeps Your Heart Healthy, Study Shows

Adopt a positive attitude to lower your risk of getting a cardiovascular disease. By Jennifer Chan

We feel good when we’re happy and carefree. Likewise, we feel awful when we’re sad, depressed, or angry. Is that just a coincidence, or could our bodies be telling us something? According to a study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, our emotions do influence our health. But can being happy help reduce your risk of getting diseases associated with the heart?

To find out whether staying positive could indeed keep the heart healthy, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health examined 200 studies published in scientific databases PubMed and PsycINFO. They discovered that optimism, life satisfaction, and happiness were most associated with patients who were the least likely to develop cardiovascular diseases. The most optimistic participants had a 50-percent lower risk of developing a cardiovascular disease compared to those who were pessimistic.

 "Even if a person is overweight, smokes a lot, and has high cholesterol, they can still benefit from positive emotions. It is something unique about well-being itself," says Julia Boehm, one of the study authors.

How the whole happiness philosophy works is still a little unclear, but researchers speculate that happy people may be more likely to treat their bodies better. "We found that if you have a positive disposition you’re more likely to exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep at night," says Boehm. "This can have positive biological effects in terms of inflammation, cholesterol, blood pressure, and lipids."

 

(Photo by Rob Lambert via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
6 Songs that Will Boost Your Mood
Crank up these tunes to shoo away the bad vibes.  Jan 30, 2015 
7 Steps to a Happier You
Make your life a little less stressful.   Jan 29, 2015 
5 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Relaxing Spa
Get your me-time on...right in the comfort of your own home!  Jan 28, 2015 
5 Things You Need to Know about the New Pegan Diet
Eat your way back to peak health.   Jan 28, 2015 
4 Things You Should Know About Tea
Get your caffeine fix from this alternative  Jan 27, 2015 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT