This will be another ‘work in progress’.
Firstly I am writing as I am discovering and learning. Secondly, I am actually undergoing treatment and recovery for a relatively minor heart attack. So the whole story will evolve, be constantly edited and undergo additions and changes. Ongoing procedures for future good health and avoidance of a recurrence will be important.
Reader comments welcome.
Separate pages will be created:
Natural remedies/health promoters
A post for which I have no category:
Stress and Happiness:
Happiness prevents heart disease
Researchers evaluated 1,700 people over the course of ten years for the study. Each participant’s emotions were rated categorically on a scale from one to five; these included feelings like hostility, joy, anxiety, enthusiasm, and contentment. At the completion of the study, less than one in ten participants developed heart disease, but for each increase on the “happiness scale”, participants were 22 percent less likely to develop heart disease.
Though unable to explain precisely why happier people are less likely to become ill, researchers arrived at a few notable hypotheses. Because happier people tend to sleep better and have better sleeping patterns, their bodies are subject to less stress and, thus, less physical strain. Happier people are also better able to move on after a negative experience than unhappy people who tend to dwell longer on bad experiences.
Dr. Karina Davidson, author of the study, recommends that people try to have a better outlook on life. She believes the study reveals that learning to be content and enjoy life on a day-to-day basis will help to improve health and well being. Rather than simply look forward to a yearly vacation or some other far-off event, people should take the things they enjoy doing and incorporate them into their daily lives.
Reading a book, listening to enjoyable music, and taking time each day to relax and do something positive, even if only for a few minutes, will do wonders for one’s health, according to the research team.
Previous studies have also found a link between happiness and health, but some researchers insist that not every person is capable of simply changing his or her outlook on life. Concerted effort can be taken to think positively, but they say that certain “natural levels of positivity” cannot be changed, no matter how hard a person tries.
Every person is capable of striving towards thinking more positively. Learning to be conscious of and grateful for life’s many blessings is a good place to start. Learning to be content with what you have is another important aspect of happiness.
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Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/028583_happiness_heart_disease.html#ixzz1tr5teHml
Reduce Your Chance Of Heart Attack By 50 Percent
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.
Source: Bryan Nash ‘Easy Health Options’.