Are Positive People Really Healthier?

September 16, 2014 11:44 AM

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Perpetual optimists claim that their cheery dispositions bring them better health. It turns out that theory is not all in their heads: There is real scientific evidence to support a positive attitude protecting your mind and body, says Fred Bryant, professor of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago -- and everyone can benefit from the glass-half-full thinking.

For example, optimistic people are half as likely to experience a cardiovascular event (like a heart attack or stroke) compared with their less positive peers, found a recent review of more than 200 previous studies. Sometimes these correlations can be attributed to "confounding factors," like the f...

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