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Don’t worry, be happy! Positive emotions protect against heart disease

17 February 2010

People who are usually happy, enthusiastic and content are less likely to develop heart disease than those who tend not to be happy, according to a major new study published today. The authors believe that the study, published in the Europe’s leading cardiology journal, the European Heart Journal, is the first to show such an independent relationship between positive emotions and coronary heart disease.

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Published in European Heart Journal, Advance Access, 18 January 2010.

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BBC - Happiness wards off heart disease, study suggests

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New York Times - Happiness Helps When It Comes to the Heart

Telegraph - Happiness may be good for your heart

CBS News - Happiness Helps When it Comes to the Heart

Mail Online - Optimists 'are less likely to get heart disease'

Reuters - Happiness makes for a healthy heart