Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happiness Makes for a Healthier Heart

Source: Medline Plus (Summary by NIM)

There is evidence that optimism keeps us healthier whereas pessimism is associated with higher rates of disease and illness, and a new study from Columbia University adds even more proof to previous findings. Happier people have heart-protective outcomes, the study has found.

According to the lead researcher, people who did more things that made them happy showed a decreased risk of heart disease and related illnesses over a ten year period. Furthermore, if more people took the time to relax and do what makes them happy, they could lower their overall risk of such illnesses.

The researchers suggest that the findings are related to the fact that happier people tend to sleep better, be less stressed, handle stress better and practice healthier habits over all, but it could also be the case that there is some genetic component that makes them happier to begin with.

Check out more about this study by reading the article called "Happiness Protects Your Heart" From Medline Plus (Feb. 17, 2009)