Happiness may protect the heart by reducing blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. A study of over 6,500 people over the age of 65 found that positive well-being was linked to a 9% lower risk of high blood pressure.

Happiness may also reduce the risk of heart disease, the biggest cause of death worldwide. A number of studies have shown that being happy has been associated with a 13–26% lower risk of heart disease.

One long-term of 1,500 adults found that happiness helped protect against heart disease.

Happiness was associated with a 22% lower risk over the 10-year study period, even after risk factors were accounted for, such as age, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

It appears that happiness may also help protect people who already have heart disease. A systematic review of 30 studies found that greater positive well-being in adults with established heart disease lowered the risk of death by 11%.

It is important to note that some of these effects may have been due to an increase in heart-healthy behaviors such as physical activity, avoiding smoking and healthy eating habits.

That said, not all studies have found associations between happiness and heart disease.

In fact, a recent study that looked at nearly 1,500 individuals over a 12-year period found no association between positive well-being and the risk of heart disease. Further high-quality, well-designed research is needed in this area.

Brief Summary:

Being happier can help lower blood pressure, which may decrease the risk of heart disease. However, more research is required.

Sources & References:
www.clinicalkey.com
www.sciencedirect.com
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc
medlineplus.gov
www.healthline.com

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