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Keep on the sunny side of life

August 11, 2009
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smile_avon_walkYou’ve heard all the quotes:

Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day.

You are not fully dressed until you wear a smile.

“Smile and the world smiles with you.  Cry and you cry alone.”

It’s easier to smile than to frown. A smile uses 17 muscles,  a  frown 43.” (although Snopes.com disputes the numbers, the concept is correct)

Apparently there is science behind the smile.  People who are optimistic have better outcomes.  One reason maybe that those with a sunny disposition are more likely to exercise and make health lifestyle choices. In addition, an individual’s disposition could affect health by influencing the nervous, immune and hormonal systems.

So, give it a try – go ahead and see if you don’t feel a little better if you smile.  It can’t hurt.

Optimistic women ‘live longer’

Women who are optimistic have a lower risk of heart disease and death, an American study shows.

The latest study by US investigators mirrors the findings of earlier work by a Dutch team showing optimism reduces heart risk in men.

The research on nearly 100,000 women, published in the journal Circulation, found pessimists had higher blood pressure and cholesterol.     

Even taking these risk factors into account, attitude alone altered risks.

Optimistic women had a 9% lower risk of developing heart disease and a 14% lower risk of dying from any cause after more than eight years of follow-up.

In comparison, cynical women who harboured hostile thoughts about others or were generally mistrusting of others were 16% more likely to die over the same time-scale.  Read entire article here:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8193180.stm

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