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Positive Emotions Can Affect Your Heart Health
By August 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm 5,402 26 3
When I look back at the years before my own heart attack in 2003, I realize that my emotions were out of control. I had tremendous stress and no idea how to control it. That is why I am so passionate about staying healthy inside and out now.
Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health found after reviewing dozens of studies examining a positive outlook on heart health, they discovered that the most optimistic people had half the risk of a first heart attack comparing to the least optimistic. People who are upbeat and optimistic might prevent them from getting heart disease.
According to the findings, positive emotions might prevent heart disease by influencing on heart-rate variability, sleeping patterns and smoking cessation. The reasons behind the argument are positive affect might have longer periods of rest or relaxation physiologically and those with positive emotion might recover more quickly from stressors and might not spend too much time ‘re-living’ them, which in turn could cause physiological damage.