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Video: Optimists Have Healthier Hearts
Optimists have healthier hearts
Feeling of psychological satisfaction has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, as people with a positive attitude are more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle.
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Optimism and purpose in life can improve heart health, researchers at T.H. School of Public Health have found. Chan of Harvard University (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health). Laura Kubzansky and her colleagues reviewed dozens of studies with hundreds of thousands of participants in their review. The results are published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
This analysis “brings together the many different ways that a positive state can affect health through what we do - exercise, healthy eating, avoiding harmful substances and seeing a doctor,” said William Chopik, who was not involved in the study. assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University.
The researchers concluded that psychological satisfaction has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, since people with a positive attitude are more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Optimistic people are more likely to eat well, be physically active, maintain social bonds, and avoid negative behaviors, as shown in previous research.
A positive psychophysical state also affects stress management, which in turn can have an impact on physiological systems.
Various methods of psychological well-being have been explored that can strengthen the cardiovascular system. The opposite points were also considered - the harmful effects of depression, anxiety, anger, post-traumatic and / or chronic stress.
The researchers focused on the results of a 2017 study, according to which those older women who are in the top in terms of optimism (25%) are almost 40% less likely to die of heart disease.
People who think they have a "higher purpose in life" are significantly less at risk of stroke, several other studies have shown.
According to another study, the most optimistic people are more likely to quit smoking, exercise regularly, and avoid obesity by eating a diet that favors fruits and vegetables over processed meats and sugars.
In addition, according to the review authors, “mindfulness programs” (meditation, yoga and / or tai chi) help increase optimism by reducing anxiety and stress, and improving quality of life. Many people who participate in these programs see improvements in heart health - lower blood pressure and lower overall risk of heart failure.
"This is great for a deeper understanding of how our psychology contributes to our physical health and vice versa," endorsed the findings of the researchers Kit Yarrow, professor emeritus of psychology at Golden Gate University of San Francisco. -Francisco), who was not involved in the study.