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02/01/2008 11:35 PM ID: 68167 Permalink   

Don't Worry Be Happy - Worry Live Longer

 

A study in the journal, Perspectives on Psychological Science, conducted by
Dr. Ed Diener of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign appears to indicate that moderately happy people are wealthier and healthier than most.

The study also found that the happiest students had lower grade point averages than less happy peers. Other studies have shown that the happiest people may not live as long as moderately happy people. 120,000 people from 96 countries were surveyed.

Diener believes that extremely happy people are not as driven as less happy people. They are "happy" with their lives and less likely to want to change it. Being extremely happy can also have an adverse effect on the cardiovascular system.

 
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  11 Comments
  
  Sounds  
 
kind of like fishy science. Are they wealthy and healthy because they're happy, or are they happy because they're wealthy and healthy?
 
  by: velger   02/01/2008 11:56 PM     
  Typo  
 
"University of the University of Illinois"

and I found the title very confusing, but overall a good summary. I'll have to read the source later. thanks
 
  by: Kuhl   02/02/2008 01:09 AM     
  ignorance is bliss  
 
maybe extremely happy people are just stupid. that would explain why they don't advance and die earlier.
 
  by: ManilaRyce     02/02/2008 01:10 AM     
  Yeah  
 
extremely happy people tend to be stupid/ignorant of the things that make them unhappy IMO.


velger
IMO people tend to be healthy and wealthy because they are happy. However, happiness and health are intertwined, as you know, and a lack of either can definitely lead to the lack of the other. It's similar to the "which came first, the chicken or the egg" question.
 
  by: QuestioningAnswers   02/02/2008 02:05 AM     
  I think it's attitude  
 
A positive attitude is more likely to lead to health and wealth than a negative attitude. When you're positive, you have goals you want to reach, and you want to take good care of yourself.

I don't think positivity means you have to be ignorantly blissful, though. Something will always come along that will bring you down, and it's really a matter of how you react to that.
 
  by: l´anglais     02/02/2008 07:59 AM     
  humour stops the tumour  
 
It is much better to be able to laugh at some realities of life than to let them make you miserable only to be released by fictional houmour created by someone else
 
  by: steadyeddie   02/02/2008 04:29 PM     
  It is down to the...  
 
Individual person and I think all this is a load of bull.
 
  by: captainJane     02/02/2008 08:38 PM     
  Did you know  
 
that the guy who made the song "Don't Worry Be Happy" commited suicide a year after he wrote it?

I guess that disproves that worrying makes you live longer.
 
  by: Jhax   02/03/2008 12:08 AM     
  @Jhax  
 
Bobby McFerrin is alive and well, actually.
 
  by: l´anglais     02/03/2008 01:45 AM     
  mmmmm  
 
Must had been another guy who sang it...I shouldn't trust gossips anymore :P
 
  by: jhax   02/03/2008 06:44 AM     
  Ignorance truely is bliss...  
 
...and this study proves it! Yay! No more books, news, internet for me!

@jhax : It's true, Bobby Mcferrin(sp) is alive and well. Be sure to check snopes dot com if you're not sure about a rumor.
 
  by: BikerDude   02/05/2008 01:14 PM     
 
 
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