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Having an Attitude of Gratitude Is Indeed the Way to Have a Healthy Heart

by Bidita Debnath on April 11, 2015 at 11:13 PM
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Having an Attitude of Gratitude Is Indeed the Way to Have a Healthy Heart

Showing gratitude towards people, appreciating their good work and having a thankful outlook towards life can result in an improved mental and physical health in patients with asymptomatic heart failure, suggests a new research.

"We found that more gratitude in such people was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and lower levels of inflammatory bio-markers related to cardiac health," explained Dr. Paul J. Mills, professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego.

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The study involved 186 men and women who had been diagnosed with asymptomatic (Stage B) heart failure for at least three months. Stage B consists of patients who have developed structural heart disease but do not show symptoms of heart failure.

Using standard psychological tests, the researchers obtained scores for gratitude and spiritual well-being. They then compared those scores with the patients' scores for depressive symptom severity, sleep quality, fatigue, self-efficacy (belief in one's ability to deal with a situation) and inflammatory markers. They found higher gratitude scores were associated with better mood, higher quality sleep, more self-efficacy and less inflammation.
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"We found that spiritual well-being was associated with better mood and sleep but it was the gratitude aspect of spirituality that accounted for those effects, not spirituality per se," Mills noted.

It seems that a more grateful heart is indeed a more healthy heart, the authors concluded in a paper published in the journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice.

Source: IANS
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