Study finds those most optimistic are 24% more likely to maintain good cognitive and physical health as they age

Laura Kubzansky is an author on a paper that explores optimism in relation to likelihood of healthy aging, considering whether effects are evident over and above effects of health-related behaviors … Continue reading “Study finds those most optimistic are 24% more likely to maintain good cognitive and physical health as they age”

Parenting style carries weight when it comes to offspring’s mid-life BMI

A study published in Preventive Medicine has found that an authoritative parenting style (one that blends both warmth and control) is associated with healthier mid-life weight among offspring. Harvard Pop … Continue reading “Parenting style carries weight when it comes to offspring’s mid-life BMI”

Can being optimistic help women live both a healthier and longer life?

Previous research has linked an optimistic attitude with a longer life, but now a new study authored by a team that includes our faculty member Laura Kubzansky expands the positive … Continue reading “Can being optimistic help women live both a healthier and longer life?”

Study links exposure to parental warmth during childhood with increased levels of well-being in adulthood

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Laura Kubzansky, PhD, and colleagues are authors of a longitudinal study in Social Science & Medicine that has found that those who recalled receiving parental … Continue reading “Study links exposure to parental warmth during childhood with increased levels of well-being in adulthood”

What may help you get enough fruit and vegetables into your regular diet?

Laura Kubzansky, PhD, is an author on a study that indicates that higher levels of psychological well-being are associated with maintaining higher levels of health-promoting fruit and vegetable consumption. Photo: … Continue reading “What may help you get enough fruit and vegetables into your regular diet?”

Can programs that promote well-being help to improve cardiovascular health?

Given the strong connection between optimism (and other signposts of psychological well-being) and cardiovascular health, Laura Kubzansky and colleagues recommend in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) that … Continue reading “Can programs that promote well-being help to improve cardiovascular health?”

Positive feelings and thoughts linked to higher levels of good cholesterol

A study by Laura Kubzansky and colleagues reveals that greater psychological well-being is linked to higher levels of HDL-C (considered to be the “good” cholesterol). While healthier behaviors play a … Continue reading “Positive feelings and thoughts linked to higher levels of good cholesterol”

What is driving optimism’s association with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease?

Laura Kubzansky, a Harvard Pop Center faculty member and co-director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, is an author on a paper that analyzes the relationship between … Continue reading “What is driving optimism’s association with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease?”