Being happy and cheerful doesn't just make you a nice person to be around -- you could be doing your own health a favor, too.
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According to a new study in the American Journal of Cardiology, having a cheerful disposition and outlook on life could protect you from heart attack.
"A happier temperament has an actual effect on disease and you may be healthier as a result," study researcher Lisa R. Yanek, M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a statement. However, Yanek added that the reasons for the association are still unclear.
The study included 1,483 healthy people with siblings who had experienced some sort of coronary event (including heart attack and sudden cardiac death) before age 60. The study participants, who were part of the NIH-sponsored Genetic Study of Atherosclerosis Risk, were followed for 25 years and filled out surveys about their well-being, life satisfaction, relaxation levels, anxiety levels, cheerful mood and level of health concern.
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SOURCE: The Huffington Post