Positive affect and health-related neuroendocrine, cardiovascular, and inflammatory processes.

@article{Steptoe2005PositiveAA,
  title={Positive affect and health-related neuroendocrine, cardiovascular, and inflammatory processes.},
  author={Andrew Steptoe and Jane Wardle and Michael Marmot},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={102 18},
  pages={6508-12}
}
Negative affective states such as depression are associated with premature mortality and increased risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and disability. It has been suggested that positive affective states are protective, but the pathways through which such effects might be mediated are poorly understood. Here we show that positive affect in middle-aged men and women is associated with reduced neuroendocrine, inflammatory, and cardiovascular activity. Positive affect was assessed by… CONTINUE READING
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