Optimists Have Less Risk of Heart Failure

by: Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Mind-Body-Spirit News

People who are optimistic also have a lower risk of heart failure, according to another study led by Eric Kim, MS. Using the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative study of U.S. adults, Kim and his colleagues reviewed data from 6,808 participants over a 4-year period. Higher levels of optimism were associated with lower risk of heart failure; in the people who were most optimistic, the risk was 73% lower than it was in those who were least optimistic.

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IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 11, Issue 9

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About the Author

Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA’s mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Palm Beach, Florida, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at