Healthy Choices

Cheery people are more likely to beat heart disease

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.