Look on the bright side. It may help your heart!

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Maintaining a positive attitude—or adopting one—may lead to better heart health, suggests a new analysis of studies. Researchers looked at the links between psychological well-being and behaviors related to heart health, like exercise and eating habits, along with risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Optimists and those with better psychological well-being fared better on the lifestyle front: they were less likely to smoke and more likely to exercise and eat a nourishing diet (specifically, more vegetables and fruit and less processed meat and sweets). Optimism has also been linked to a lower risk of dying from heart disease. Different ways of responding to stress may help to explain the connection between attitude and heart health. People with positive attitudes tend to problem-solve and strategize to manage stressors, while others may resort to harmful habits like drinking alcohol or smoking in order to cope. Can you really change your attitude? In a word, absolutely! New tools can help. Mindfulness-meditation programs, shown to improve habits and quality of life, can help you gain perspective on negative thoughts and become less reactive to stress.

Source: Positive Psychological Well-Being and Cardiovascular Disease

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”  Willie Nelson

Posted on April 5, 2019 and filed under wellness.