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Optimistically seeing your glass as half full may determine your heart health and keep your arteries empty of health-threatening plaque. Research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that viewing the world through rose-colored glasses reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 50 percent.
Researchers found that optimism protects against cardiovascular disease. They discovered that those who drink life from half-full glasses are more likely to eat right, sleep well and exercise often.
“We found that factors such as optimism, life satisfaction, and happiness are associated with reduced risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) regardless of such factors as a person’s age, socioeconomic status, smoking status, or body weight. For example, the most optimistic individuals had an approximately 50 percent reduced risk of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared to their less optimistic peers,” says researcher Julia Boehm.