A recent study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health was conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and published in the July issue of American Journal of Cardiology found that having a general sense of well-being, and being happy with your life may reduce your risk for heart attack.

I know what you are going to say.  C’mon, be realistic, who can be happy all the time. With all the problems and hard times some of us have to face….all that stress. No wonder we get heart attacks!

I know, I know.  But you can help yourself to be happy by your approach to life.
Some of us are just natural worriers and fretters.  It takes all types to make up the world we live in.  But just think, if you want to enjoy your life, as the song says “Don’t worry, be happy”.  As a matter of fact listen to the song, listen to music(that helps to make some people happy). And if you are one of those who frets about most things and you want to change, read the book – “Don’t sweat the small stuff”‘. It just might help if you have an open mind.

The study used data from projects that have been going on for over 25 years at Johns Hopkins. The researchers analyzed 1,483 participants who had a family member that was diagnosed with heart disease before the age of 60.

The participants completed surveys that measured well-being; these measurements included factors such as, mood, concern about health, relaxed or anxious disposition, life satisfaction and energy levels. The average follow up time was 12 years. The researchers counted 208 heart attacks, sudden cardiac deaths, and surgical events (bypasses) among the participants.

The team found a positive link between well-being and heart-related events. The study found that well-being (being happy) was linked to a one-third reduction in heart problems. Among the participants who had the highest risk for heart related problems, the risk was reduced by 50 percent when linked to positive well-being.

According to assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Lisa R. Yanek: “If you are by nature a cheerful person and look on the bright side of things, you are more likely to be protected from cardiac events.”  That means if you are interested in minimizing your risk for heart related problems, you should try to have a positive attitude and be happier. The make it sound so simple, don’t they.

But follow my advice as I said earlier, cool it and “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.  You would stop stressing out those around you and, who knows, you may even prevent those around you from getting heart attacks.  Just think!  Happiness is contagious.

Go to the Page “LIFE AND HAPPINESS” in this website and get some tips on how to be happy.

Happily, by reading the above, you may have resolved a health problem in your life or learnt something that would assist you in achieving good health for your body.  But what about your mind and the other areas of your life.  We are body, mind and spirit. You can do more for yourself by achieving peace of mind and happiness in ALL the areas of your life and I can help with this too. Find out how by visiting my other website www.tony-webster.com.

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