Happiness boosts heart health
Doing what you love has health benefits.
People who are happy are less likely to develop heart disease than less happy people, according to a study from Columbia University in New York.
Researchers studied 1739 men and women for 10 years, assessing their risk of heart disease at the beginning of the study. Over the period they found that the happier someone was, the less likely they were to develop heart disease. The researchers concluded that if everyone did more of the things that made them happy, they could reduce their risk of heart attacks.
"The study suggests that those people who are happier have heart-protective outcomes," says lead researcher Karina Davidson.
Davidson is also involved in a trial to test whether changing people's happiness level improves their heart health.