Happiness is Good for the Heart, Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

by Amy Hilbrich Davis

in Personal Wellness

heart happiness

Happiness is good for your heart! A new study shows that being positive could lower your risk of heart disease.  This is particularly important for women, especially mothers.

NPR reports on the new study, the first to look at how positive emotions impact heart health.  Other studies have looked at negative emotional effects on our hearts and the idea that happiness brings health benefits is not new.

A study published  in the European Heart Journal, looked at more than 1,700 people in Nova Scotia, Canada, and rated how upbeat they were.

Ten years down the road, researchers found 145 of the people had had heart attacks. And it turned out that the more positive their outlook was at the beginning of the study, when the average age of the subjects was about 46 years old, the less likely they were to have had a heart attack.

People who are depressed are more likely to suffer from heart problems.

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