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Q: Did you know that a sunny outlook could mean fewer colds and less heart disease?


A: Laura Kubzansky, HSPH associate professor of society, human development, and health suggests it might.


According to an article in the Harvard School of Public Health magazine HSPH News, emotional vitality, described as a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, and the ability to face life's stresses with emotional balance, appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.


It quotes Laura Kubzansky, HSPH associate professor of society, human development, and health. “It looks like there is a benefit of positive mental health that goes beyond the fact that you’re not depressed. What that is is still a mystery. But when we understand the set of processes involved, we will have much more insight into how health works.”


Professor Kubzansky is stated to be at the forefront of research and found in a study that followed more than 6000 men and women that the protective effect of emotional vitality was distinct and measurable.


In the article various keys to a happier, healthier life are suggested being:


‘Emotional vitality: a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement’


‘Optimism: the perspective that good things will happen, and that one’s actions account for the good things that occur in life’


‘Supportive networks of family and friends’


‘Being good at “self-regulation,” i.e. bouncing back from stressful challenges and knowing that things will eventually look up again; choosing healthy behaviors such as physical activity and eating well; and avoiding risky behaviors such as unsafe sex, drinking alcohol to excess, and regular overeating’


Read the full article and be inspired! (follow the link: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/happiness-stress-heart-disease/   )