The American Heart Association reports that on average, one American dies every 39 seconds from cardiovascular disease (CVD). That’s about 2,200 Americans every day.
No doubt you have heard of the many things an individual can do to reduce the risk of CVD including; exercise, lose weight, lower the cholesterol level and take a low dose aspirin daily. But there’s new research showing another way to reduce the risk of CVD. Best of all, it’s really simple and inexpensive.
A study by The Harvard School of Public Health finds the most optimistic individuals reduced their risk of experiencing a CVD event by 50%, when compared to their less optimistic peers.
There are plenty of studies showing negative emotions such as anger, depression and anxiety are unhealthy. The Harvard team reviewed more than 200 studies looking at the issue from the other angle; how do positive traits affect heart health? Researchers found factors such as optimism, happiness, life satisfaction, and a positive attitude all reduced the risk of CVD regardless of a person’s age or weight. In addition, the study found that in general, people with a good sense of well-being were healthier overall (low blood pressure and normal body weight) and lived a healthier lifestyle (exercise, good diet).
Here are a few tips to help you stay optimistic:
- Listen to music, read a good book, immerse yourself in the arts.
- Don’t hold a grudge, forgive others.
- Help another person
- Act positive, Be positive
- Don’t dwell on the negative
- Say thank you.