If you want a healthy heart, be an optimist according to the NY Times.

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If you want a healthy heart, be an optimist according to the NY Times. Are you are glass half full or glass half empty type of person?  Glass half empty people are more pessimistic while glass half full types of people are more optimistic. My dad used to say "Think positive thoughts and positive things will happen".  As you can imagine, he was optimistic by nature. When life was hard, he figured out ways to make it better and he ran two different successful businesses using this ethos. Data from a recent JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) paper suggests that being an optimist is also good for a healthy heart.   The JAMA  performed a meta-analysis that included 15 studies that measured optimism vs. pessimism and its effect on health.  Apparently, optimists have better health behaviors and had a 35% lower risk of a cardiac event than pessimists. Reduce your risk of a heart attack naturally by becoming more optimistic. Check out the article below A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Heart People who were optimists tended to have better heart health and live longer. By Nicholas Bakalar Published Sept. 27, 2019 Having an optimistic mindset may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and early death, a review of studies has found. In previous studies, optimism has been shown to be associated with a range of favorable physical health outcomes and with greater success in work, school and relationships. This new meta-analysis, published in JAMA Network Open, included 15 studies that measured optimism and pessimism by asking the level of agreement with such statements as “In uncertain times, I usually expect the best,” or “I rarely expect good things to happen to me.” Read more