Halve the Risk of a Heart Attack

By Nat'l Psychologist Editor
May 2, 2012


Proponents of positive psychology may take satisfaction from a Harvard study that shows optimistic people have half the risk of suffering a heart attack compared to the least optimistic. Julia Boehm, research fellow with Harvard’s School of Public Health, drew that conclusion from reviewing dozens of studies of people with positive outlooks on life. The Associated Press quoted Boehm as saying that in addition to adopting heart healthy diets and exercise, “it might also be useful to focus on how we might bolster the positive side of things.”

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