The growing numbers of Americans with diseases of the heart has led researchers to focus on heart disease and the role of psychological well-being.
We knew what to expect.
The meta-analysis (the statistical procedure for combining data from multiple studies) published in the Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology, confirmed it.
People who work at improving and maintaining their mental well-being with a combination of physical and psychosocial factors such as mindfulness, yoga, and life purpose programs can expect better heart health. Period.
The review (just one installment in an 8-part series from the Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology), focused on the relationship between cardiovascular health and psychological well-being in two halves.
Since the researchers already knew about the link between poor mental health and poor outcomes for heart disease patients, they focused on the individual aspects of health behaviors such as:
- Activity level
- BMI (Body Mass Index)
- Health factors, like blood pressure and glucose intake.
While the relationship between psychological factors such as depression and cardiovascular disease are well-established, the researchers moved on powered by this thought:
The accumulating evidence suggests that positive psychological well-being—which includes positive thoughts and feelings such as purpose in life, optimism, and happiness—has its own independent associations with a lower risk of Cardiovascular Disease, and promotes cardiovascular health.
It’s an idea to consider…boosting your moods and mental attitudes can save your life.
Consider these methods: