If you are the kind of person who always sees your glass as half full, you are likely to have a
healthier heart, a study has found. Research involving thousands of British civil servants revealed
that the more self-satisfied they were, the fewer problems they had with their hearts. The researchers,
from the respected Harvard University in the U.S., cannot be sure why this is the case, especially as the
finding still stood when factors such as weight and blood pressure were taken into account.
But they say that something as simple as being more contented with your lot in life could have knock-on benefits
on the health of your heart. Almost 8,000 civil servants were quizzed about their satisfaction with seven areas of their
Data on their heart health was then taken from their medical records over the following six years and the two
compared. Those who were highly satisfied with their lives overall were 13 per cent less likely to have suffered heart
problems, with self-satisfaction, happy working, family and sex lives being particularly important.
And the more content someone was, the healthier their heart, the European Heart Journal reports. It is thought
that optimists fare better because they refuse to let bad health get them down. Those who look on the bright side
are also more likely to follow their doctor's advice. Studies also show that pessimists and people who lack
self-confidence have a GREater risk of heart attacks and strokes than their more optimistic friends.