Optimism in Women Prolongs Life

Jenny Decker RN's picture

Having a positive attitude is linked to being heart healthy for women, according to a new study at the University of Pittsburgh. Optimism is beneficial for women. Being happy and enjoying life decreases the incidence of heart disease and the likelihood of dying.

Researchers state the reasons for being optimistic are really a mystery at this point. The study opens new groundwork for more intense study. In the meantime, women who have a more negative mood can change to a more positive mood. In some scientific research, it is difficult to learn anything at the beginning except that a possible link between two things is interesting. When more studies are done, then we can act on those studies to improve ourselves, or whatever the study is about, such as environment. Here is a study that one can draw from immediately. What is there to lose? Being happy and optimistic is something to gain.


Those with optimism tend to eat healthier, seek out exercise, have higher education levels, have higher incomes levels, have employment, have health insurance, and attend church. These are interesting results from the study. Happiness also tends to keep one from developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression. Changing habits a little at a time can affect hearth health for the better.

Researchers gave suggestions for why women who are optimistic have better heart health. These suggestions relate to lifestyle. Someone who is happy exercises more, avoids smoking, and is generally leaner than those who are pessimistic. Researchers also state that if a person is pessimistic, changing can have positive effects. Optimism is catchy, too. Ever notice that when someone smiles at you, you smile back? Can you stay in a bad mood if someone around you is cheerful?

Watch out for pessimistic attitudes. Do not let someone else determine your happiness. You are in charge. No else can do it for you. Make the choice today to be happy, no matter what it takes. A smile a day keeps the doctor away.

Source: WebMD