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Cynthia Thaik, M.D.

Cynthia M. Thaik M.D.

Optimism May Increase Longevity

A new study finds that a positive attitude can help prolong life

A recent study from Denmark published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found that patients with heart disease who have a positive attitude live longer than those with a negative mood. The study reported that people with a positive attitude are more likely to exercise, reduce their levels of stress hormones, adopt healthier lifestyles, and may live longer healthier lives.

In this study, six hundred patients with coronary artery disease were studied to prove that those with a positive attitude are 42 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those with a negative attitude. The study also found that the patients with a positive attitude are approximately twice as likely to exercise, which helps reduce stress and improve heart health.

In general, people who are optimistic are more likely to do things to take care of themselves. A positive attitude can cause a chain reaction of positive outcomes, thoughts, and events. To read the full article, follow the link: