Ashley Lyles at MedPage Today writes »

“The findings suggest that a mindset of optimism is associated with lower cardiovascular risk and that promotion of optimism and reduction in pessimism may be important for preventive health,” the authors wrote.

These findings are consistent with a growing and large literature showing that optimism in particular, and psychological well-being in general, have an independent association with cardiovascular and overall health outcomes, wrote Jeff Huffman, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, in an accompanying editorial.

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