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Heart Health Benefits From Optimistic Thinking, Study Finds

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A University of Illinois study of more than 4,900 people of Latino/Hispanic ancestry in the U.S. analyzed cardiac outcome measures while exploring socioeconomic, cultural, and psychosocial influences. Optimism was measured, using the Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R), a questionnaire that gauges a person’s outlook on life. As reported optimism rose, that was associated with 3 percent higher probability of meeting cardiovascular health ideal across four or more metrics. Researchers observed that people with the highest levels of optimism were older, married or living with a partner, better educated, and more affluent. Read more at the Forbes news article.