Optimism, Heart Disease and Mortality
A recent article in the Archives of General Psychiatry (v 61, p 1126 (2004)) finds that optimistic people have a significantly lower risk (factor of two or higher!) of cardiovascular diseases and mortality, compared to pessimists. If you want to find out whether you are an optimist or pessimist, Click Here for a simple test. This is one more example of the impact of mind on body, such as that seen by the impact of stress.
Details about pessimism as a risk factor to healthy people are presented in our Optimism Effects.