Could increasing your happiness reduce your risk of heart disease?

Heart Health, Mental Health
In a large, population-based study out of Europe, researchers found that an increased positive affect (happiness) was protective against a 10-year incidence of coronary heart disease. The researchers are suggesting that preventive strategies may be enhanced not only by reducing sadness and depressive symptoms, but also by increasing positive affect and happiness. Bloomberg News reports that "people who are naturally happy appear to have a lower risk of developing heart disease or dying from heart attacks, according to" the study published in the European Heart Journal. The Washington Post "The Checkup" blog reported that investigators "analyzed 10 years of data about 1,739 healthy adults who participated in the 1995 Nova Scotia Health Survey." The AP reports that the researchers "used a five-point scale to measure people's happiness." The investigators found that "for every…
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Why is optimism is associated with health, pessimism with disease?

Heart Health, Mental Health
So, be honest: Is you life glass half-full or half-empty? I tend to be the former, and based upon the research I'm glad I have a optimistic disposition. But, how about you? Which are you? And, if you're more pessimistic, what can you do to become more highly healthy? After reading this blog, if you feel you suffer from more pessimism than you’d like, you might want to check out my book 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. You can see the Table of Contents here, and read the first chapter here. Here's an article originally published in the Washington Post that does a nice job explaining the recent research findings: Personally, I tend toward (pessimism), though I secretly long to be one of those Pollyannas who always…
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Like happiness, loneliness is contagious

Mental Health
Loneliness, like happiness, can be contagious, says recent research showing how feeling lonely can make others lonely, too. Below are the details from a report in USA Today. But, if you'd like to have a free measure of your health, including your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health, I've designed some assessment tools you can utilize at no cost: Assess Your Health - For Adults Assess Your Health - For Young Adults Assess Your Health - For Teens Assess Your Health - For Christian Adults You can also learn more about the health dangers of loneliness and avoiding loneliness in my book 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. You can see the Table of Contents here, and read the first chapter here. This particular study by…
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Loneliness is increasing and it can harm your health

Mental Health
In my new book (to be released in a couple of weeks), 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I have a chapter on "Avoid Loneliness Like the Plague." Now, another expert and author on loneliness told a session Thursday on the opening day of the American Psychological Association annual meeting in Toronto that "being lonely isn't bad for you, but staying lonely is!" More Information: (more…)
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