According to a new study published in Circulation:Heart Failure, adults that lead an optimistic lifestyle with a positive mental attitude lower their risk of heart failure by as much as 26%! When happy positive people were compared to pessimistic party poopers, the positive attitude proved to pay off big time. Here are a few suggestions from Prevention Magazine to help lead a happier life:
- Having a good deep belly laugh can lift your spirits as much as meditation.
- Instead of buying material things, spend money on pleasurable experiences, such as as fun day trip or vacation.
- Be kinder to people. One key to happiness seems to be having a sense of purpose.
- Make time for heart-to-heart talks with people you love and value in your life.
- Get lost in a beloved hobby.
- Journal your thoughts and gratitudes.
- Spend more time in nature. It’s not referred to as the “great” outdoors for no reason!
- Read an uplifting book with a positive message.
See the August 2014 issue of Prevention Magazine for more ways to lead a positive and optimistic lifestyle, and possibly live a longer and happier life!