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Happiness Is Good for Your Heart

Published March 21, 2013 9:46 AM by Penny Mehaffey

What keeps you going? Are you a glass half empty or full kind of girl/guy? My hospital has a wellness center of which I am a fair weather attender. I have the best intentions at the start of every day. I plan to go workout today and by the end of said day I have all but abandoned my plan.

I mentioned the wellness center because they have a plan to keep us going. They send little motivational emails about once a month. The one from today was particularly interesting. It talked about a study that was done which asked the question about happiness -- glass half empty or half full? Turns out that you may be less likely to have a heart attack if you are happy. Not really new news I know, but still worth repeating. Researchers had the participants rate their satisfaction within key areas of their life: job, family, self, lifestyle,love. Those who consistently rated these areas above average percent run less risk of developing heart disease, heart attacks and angina.

It's not quite clear how feeling good helps your heart and further research will be conducted I am sure.  But we have long known about the toxic effects of stress on our bodies. Most of us won't have to look far to find real life examples of that toxic principle in action. It intrigues me though. How come some of us have that positive happy bent? I am an optimist. I tend to start over each day with a clean slate and not drag yesterday's baggage along if I can avoid it. But I have a co-worker who can't let go of anything. And I swear I can see that pile of baggage she carries. She is sickly and has frequent headaches, not surprisingly. I wonder what her life theme song is. I will have to ask in the morning.

Anyway, so what do you think of that research? Valid?? Interesting?? What's your life theme song? "Don't Worry, Be Happy" or "I Can't Get No Satisfaction"?  Thanks Patsy Donath, for motivating us and for being my source for the blog. Patsy's source was realage.com.

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