Heart Health

07 July 2011

Satisfaction with life good for heart

Happiness in four key areas - job, family, sex and self - may protect coronary health, a study suggests.

Being satisfied with your life can be good for your heart. That's the finding of a new study that included almost 8,000 British civil servants, average age 49, who were asked about their satisfaction in seven areas of their lives: romantic relationships, leisure activities, job, family, sex, standard of living and one's self.

"Taken together, this research indicates that being satisfied with specific life domains - in particular, one's job, family, sex life and self - is a positive health asset associated with a reduction in incident coronary heart disease independently of traditional risk factors," the researchers wrote in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology.


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