Optimistic Women Have Lower Heart Disease Risk

A new study shows that women who are optimistic live longer and healthier lives than those who are pessimistic. Cheerful women were at a lower risk for developing heart disease while cynical women were at a higher risk of dying in general. Scientists used a test known as the Life Orientation Test Revised Questionnaire to measure optimism in the women.

Fast Facts:

  • Spanning over 15 years, the study involved approximately 162,000 women.
  • Pessimists were more likely to develop diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
  • This study is published in the August 2009 Circulation.