VALLEY STREAM, NY – Being an optimistic person was shown in a recent University of Illinois study to have positive impacts on a person’s heart.
The study found that people who had a positive attitude and were optimistic were twice as likely to have a healthy heart than those who were pessimistic.
“Having a positive outlook on life, including having strong family, friend/social and good spiritual religious connections as well as an optimistic mindful outlook contributes to positive heart health and a person’s well-being too,” says David A. Friedman, MD, chief of heart failure services at Franklin Hospital. “The glass-half-full/gratitude mindset plus the natural antidepressant effects of continued regular physical fitness on a specific individualized level also helps with motivational improvement and benefits a person’s mind and heart too.”
Some things Dr. Friedman suggest people can do to become optimistic or be more positive include:
- Having professional and personal goals
- Making and keeping plans
- Giving back to your community/volunteering