New research: The effect of happiness on heart health

Most of us associate stress with heart disease, and recent research indeed suggests that people who are happy, more optimistic and have meaning in their lives tend to have better cardiovascular health. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Chapman University, shares her findings within this area of study. Boehm is joined by Larry Santora, M.D., medical director of the Orange County Heart Institute and host of “Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora” television series, which airs weekly on PBS SoCaL Plus. Visit www.drsantora.com to watch more videos on health topics. Produced by Chapman University’s Panther Productions, “Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora” is sponsored by St. Joseph Health, Biotronik and Weaver Health Solutions.