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Happiness Doesn’t Bring Good Health, Study Finds – The New York Times

2015-12-14

A study published on Wednesday in The Lancet, following one million middle-aged women in Britain for 10 years, finds that the widely held view that happiness enhances health and longevity is unfounded.

“Happiness and related measures of well-being do not appear to have any direct effect on mortality,” the researchers concluded.

“Good news for the grumpy” is one way to interpret the findings, said Sir Richard Peto, an author of the study and a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at the University of Oxford.

He and his fellow researchers decided to look into the subject because, he said, there is a widespread belief that stress and unhappiness cause disease.

Such beliefs can fuel a tendency to blame the sick for bringing ailments on themselves by being negative, and to warn the well to cheer up or else.

via Happiness Doesn’t Bring Good Health, Study Finds – The New York Times.

I was paradoxically cheered by this piece of bad news, confirming my long held suspicions that people who are happy are just fooling themselves.

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