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A positive mindset can help your heart

By: Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor Can being positive protect against heart disease? Yes! There is a lot of evidence suggesting that having a positive outlook like being optimistic, cheerful, having gratitude and purpose in life can be heart-protective. Researchers in the UK looked at psychological characteristics of over 8,000 people, and found that those who scored high on optimism and a sense of well-being enjoyed a 30% lower risk of…

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