The health benefits of happiness and optimism

August 2017

Happy, optimistic, positive people live longer and healthier lives. And they even have better reactions to severe health challenges such as asthma, HIV and cancer.

"Happier people experience stress differently, they perceive their stress as less severe and don’t react to it as strongly. In fact, smiling while stressed can actually reduce heart rate and blood pressure," Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior, told Mashable.

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