Positive Attitude Boosts Exercise, Longevity Among Heart Disease Patients, Study Suggests

Exercise linked to reduced symptoms of depression

Exercise bike in use

Huff/Post 50 reported in March:

The study asked 990 male and female participants between the ages of 40 ad 70 years old if they agreed with a number of statements about life, such as: I expect more good things to happen to me than bad and “If something can go wrong for me it will.” The participants with sunnier dispositions had better levels of good cholesterol, and often kept a prudent diet and [had] a lower body mass index, Julia Boehm, the study’s lead author, told Huff/Post50 in an e-mail.

…Handle Stress Smoothly It can seem particularly tricky to think positively when you’re stressed out — but that’s exactly when optimism can help the most, according to “positivity” researcher Barbara Fredrickson. Her research shows that people who find meaning in stressful experiences — exhibiting a type of “silver lining” thinking — are also more likely to recover from the psychological pain of a bad event. What’s more, according to Fredrickson’s research upbeat thoughts had a positive effect on physical recovery from an immediate stressor: According to one study, study participants who were subjected to public speaking had heart rates that returned to normal in a shorter time span if they watched a positive video beforehand. And in totally unrelated research, psychologists found that being optimistic about ones own abilities — and engaging in positive self-talk — was enough to improve problem solving during times of great stress. …Have Stronger Immunity As if the glass-half-empty set doesn’t have enough to fret about. A study found that keeping a positive outlook has an impact on the strength of your immune system.
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Researchers found evidence linking exercise to reduced depression symptoms. These patients were compared with those who received the following treatment for their symptoms of depression: Standard treatment Other active treatment. Exercise shows ‘moderate benefits’ for depressive symptoms When comparing patients who carried out exercise with those who underwent no treatment or control treatments, those who exercised showed moderate benefits regarding depressive symptoms. The researchers found that exercising proved as effective as psychological therapy or taking antidepressants .
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