Can having a sense of purpose later in life help you function better physically?

A novel study published in JAMA Psychiatry by Ichiro Kawachi, MD, and Laura Kubzansky, PhD, and colleagues has found an association between having a sense of purpose and better physical functioning, such as grip strength and walking speed, in older adults in the U.S.  

Kubzansky shines light on happiness and health in this NPR podcast

Laura Kubzansky, PhD, Harvard Pop Center faculty member and co-director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, shares insights into how happiness relates to health in this podcast by WRVO Public Media, an NPR affiliate member station located in Oswego, NY.

Optimism linked to reduced risk of death from several major causes among women

Laura Kubzansky, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center faculty member, is an author on a study that has found that women who were the most optimistic were less likely to die from diseases analyzed, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection, over the course of the study. The findings are published in The American Journal of Epidemiology. Learn more in this press release by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.