According to a newly released study out of Johns Hopkins, people with a positive outlook, those who are cheerful, relaxed, energetic, or just generally satisfied with life are at a reduced risk of having a heart attack. Happier participants in the study had one-third fewer coronary events than those who are not happy. What’s more, the number jumped to almost 50% among those at the highest risk for a heart attack or other coronary event.
The reason why is still unclear, but really, who cares? If seeing the world as a glass half full means less of a chance of a heart attack, I say let’s all raise a toast to full glasses!
As if that were not enough reason to get that stress under control, a Carnegie Mellon study showed that people with positive emotions are less likely to catch a cold after being exposed to the virus. Now, if you are a parent of a school-aged child, or if you take any type of public transportation, chances are that you have been, and will continue to be, exposed to the cold virus.
Additionally, even those who do “catch” the cold tend to have fewer symptoms than people who are less positive. According to the researchers, happier people have stronger resistance to the common cold and are less burdened by symptoms associated with a cold virus.
So when it comes to your health, don’t worry. Just be happy.
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