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Recent research has shown that “people with heart disease who are more upbeat and excited tend to live longer than those who do not have such a positive outlook” according to an article by Genevra Pittman and published in Routers Health.
The article states: “It adds to the body of literature suggesting that there may be relationships between positive affect [outlook on life] … and all-cause mortality,” Richard Sloan, who studies psychological risk factors and heart disease at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, said.
“There is some evidence to suggest that even among people who are already ill, who already have heart disease or diabetes or related conditions, that those people who are happier also have better outcomes,’ Julia Boehm from Chapman University in Orange, California, who has studied psychological wellbeing and heart health, said.”
Even though they are unclear on how to scientifically explain the association between a positive attitude and better heart health, the researchers said that previous studies have also shown this link.
It is interesting to note that in past generations, it was generally accepted that a positive attitude tends to create a healthier, happier life. Even though the specific mechanism has not yet been determined, science is now documenting the link between attitude and health. Scientific studies are continuing in the effort to determine the specific mechanism for this effect.
One of the most effective methods for improving or creating a positive change in attitude is hypnotherapy. At Bright Paths, we offer a wide range of hypnotherapy services aimed at guiding you to find your most positive and healthy state of living. Cynde is certified in Complementary Medical Hypnosis, having a true passion for working with people with chronic illness.
Finding and living your passion in life will automatically help you to create a more positive attitude. Stay tuned for more information on the Passion Test™ Workshop that will be coming in January!
Excerpts from www.reuters.com article:
“Positive outlook in heart disease tied to fewer deaths” by Genevra Pittman, New York, Friday September 20, 2013