Stay Optimistic To Prevent Heart Attack And Dying

Posted By Ben Goulding, 12 August, 2009 | permalink

Pessimist Mug. Image: vancouvercoffeeSome people think of the glass as half full, whilst others think of the glass as half empty, well those whose glasses are looking empty are at a greater risk of suffering a heart attack and dying.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that people who look on the bright side of life tended to be in better health than those who were pessimistic.

Results from a survey of 97,000 women, monitored as part of a long term study, showed that optimists had a nine per cent lower risk of developing heart disease and a 14 per cent lower risk of dying from any cause than pessimists.

“As a physician, I’d like to see people try to reduce their negativity in general,” said Dr Hilary A Tindle, from the university.

Some good advice there Dr Tindle, but with what’s going on in the world at the moment, for many it’s easier said than done.

So what about you? Is your life cup half full or half empty? I’m pretty sure mine needs topping up anyway! Although, every cloud has a silver lining and all that…

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^ That’s a joke by the way. Always keep your chin up and enjoy life!

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