Research Database

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January 2013
The Association Between Optimism and Serum Antioxidants in the Midlife in the United States Study
Health—whether psychological or physical—is characterized not just by the absence of disease but increasingly by the presence of well-being. These researchers looked at the relationship between psychological well-being (marked by optimism, happiness, and life purpose) and serum antioxidants such as carotenoids and Vitamin E, which are indicators of physical health.
December 2012
The Promise of Well-Being Interventions for Improving Health Risk Behaviors
People who have positive psychological well-being may be more likely to engage in heart-healthy behaviors such as exercising, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking, all behaviors that also reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. These researchers reviewed the evidence linking well-being and health behaviors, and described strategies to enhance well-being studied by others, and the implications for cardiovascular health.
November 2012
From Cardiovascular Disease to Cardiovascular Health: A Quiet Revolution?
This physician essayist applauds the adoption of the American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact Goal to improve the cardiovascular health (CVH) of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke by 20 percent—by the year 2020.
November 2012
New findings and future directions for subjective well-being research
Researcher reviews important questions for future research in on subjective well-being (SWB) based on recent findings of the worldwide predictors of SWB and differences in SWB between societies. He outlines how proposed national accounts of SWB not being considered by nations around the world, and outlines the advances needed in the SWB measurement methodology.