Look on the Bright Side... It's Good for Your Heart

Look on the Bright Side... It's Good for Your Heart

Cebu : Philippines | Sep 05, 2012 at 8:52 PM PDT
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Skooter reporting 09/06/12

There are some people who are quite worried about the health of their heart. There are some also who want to lower their risk for stroke. Don’t put more loads on yourself, it would be better to put a little more optimistic in your outlook. At the University of Michigan, researchers say, the more optimistic you are, the less chance you have of suffering a stroke.

The Michigan researchers investigated the data from the Health and Retirement Study. The team analyzed the results of standard optimism tests for 6,044 men and women, 50 years old and up. All participants were stroke free at the study's start. Optimism was rated on a 16-point scale. All subjects self-rated their health, and for two years, the team monitored them. During the recording period, 88 cases of stroke occurred.

The research team adjusted for age, and they found that for each increase in their optimism they gained, the participants dropped their stroke risk about 9 %. The team not only adjusted for age, they also adjusted for other factors such as smoking, alcohol use, race, gender, marital status, blood pressure, chronic illness, mental illness, body mass index and level of physical activity. They found the link between optimism and reduced risk of stroke remained whole.

The question is how does being more optimistic preserve your heart? The team recommends that those who look forward to the best things in life likely would take steps to promote their good health. They also made clear that in a similar way that depression can shock your physical health in a negative way, optimism can have a positive result. Optimism has previously been linked to protection against heart attacks.

The good news that we can get out of this is that optimism could in fact make an excellent alternative therapy for physical health. Optimism can be learned and for those at risk for stroke, learning to take a more positive view can be a real enhancement to good health.

Here are six tips for looking on the bright side of life: (compliments from Cate Stevenson, BA)

--take care of your personal needs.

--focus on today – make it the best it can be.

--take care of your personal needs – it will make you feel better about everything else.

--don’t let your energy be drained by inconsequential things - let go of things that don’t really matter.

--feed your mind and body with positive words and messages – there is more to life than bad news.

--pursue your interests – study, participate, learn, watch – whatever it takes to feed your imagination and emotions.


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