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Cheery people are more likely to beat heart disease

Published: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 - 1:07 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 - 1:14 pm

If you had to guess, whom would you think is most likely to survive a heart attack: A grump or an optimist?

You probably guessed an optimist – and you’d be right.

Reuters Health is reporting that people with heart disease who are more upbeat and excited tend to live longer than those without a positive attitude.

Possibly, this is because optimists, cheery and upbeat people tend to be in motion more. And the more exercise you get, the healthier you are. And the happier you are (it’s a circular thing).

Not that there’s a direct line linking depression and heart disease. Lots more study needs to be done to make that connection.

But while we’re waiting for those studies, let’s dance.


Call The Bee’s Cynthia H. Craft, (916) 321-1270.

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Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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