Pessimism Might Be Hard On Your Heart

Pessimistic people tend to believe the worst things will happen, and new data suggests this attitude might be bad for the heart. Researchers analyzed data on 2,267 adults age 52 and older, and determined where they rated on an optimism/ pessimism scale. During the next 12 years, 121 people died of coronary artery disease, the type of heart disease involving narrowed or blocked arteries that can cause a heart attack. Overall, those who died were more pessimistic than the others. People who had scored the highest on the pessimism scale were more than twice as likely to have died of heart disease as those who were least pessimistic. (Washington Post)