Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Good news for the grumpy.

A dogma of the self-help and happiness industries is that unhappiness decreases health and longevity. Happy people are supposed to live longer. Not so, it turns out, according to a British study published in The Lancet that followed one million middle-aged women in Britan for 10 years. Previous work may have confused cause and effect, suggesting that unhappiness made people ill, when it was actually the other way around. Bottom line from the article:
In middle-aged women, poor health can cause unhappiness. After allowing for this association and adjusting for potential confounders, happiness and related measures of wellbeing do not appear to have any direct effect on mortality.

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