People having a positive approach towards all walks of life possess higher chances of having healthy hearts, according to a new study.
The researchers at University of Illinois conducted the study and found a relation between optimism and heart health.
The study, which involved more than 5,100 adults, showed that people with an overall upbeat outlook in life have significantly better cardiovascular health.
Study lead author Rosalba Hernandez said that the people having optimistic attitude at the highest levels showed twice the odds of supreme cardiovascular health against the people having pessimistic outlook.
Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, underscored that this association remains crucial, even situation demands adjustment for poor mental health or many other socio-demographic characteristics.
During the study, the research group interviewed the participants in order to assess their optimism level, mental health as well as physical health. The analysis of all the three factors was based upon their self-reported extant medical diagnoses of arthritis, kidney and liver disease. According to the researchers, the total health scores of the people involved in the study ranged between 0 and 14, with the higher total score indicating toward good heart health.
An earlier study detailed in the January/February 2015 issue of Health Behavior and Policy Review had also showed that the people with positive thinking had remarkably better cholesterol and blood sugar levels compared to the negative counterparts. The study also showed the optimist people are more physically active and also possess healthier body mass indexes.