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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 12:37

Happiness- Key to longer life!!!

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happy peopleCould happiness be the key to a long, or at least longer, life? Maybe, researchers from U.K. says so.

Happy people live longer –   study   findings suggest 35% Lower Death Risk in Happy Older People

Study
In study, researchers followed more than 3,800 people in the UK aged 52 to 79 for five years. It was done as part of the longest-running British study on aging.
Earlier studies have looked at happiness and longevity by asking people to recall their emotional state. This study asked people to rate their feelings of happiness and anxiety at different points throughout the day.
Be Happy Live longer life- findings

Researchers found that people who reported feeling happiest had a 35% lower risk of dying during the study than people who were least happy.
Older people who said they were happy, even for a little while, were less likely to die over a five-year period. And the happier they were, the longer they lived.

Negative emotions like anxiety did not appear to have any effect on longevity.

Researchers view
The study researchers caution that the results do not show a cause-and-effect relationship between happiness and longer life. Instead, they say, momentary happiness may relate to biological processes or other behavioral factors that could explain the increased survival odds.
They do say, however, that the findings emphasize the importance of emotional well-being for older people.

The results were reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 


WebMD Health News

SOURCES: http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20111031/happy-people-live-longer



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  • Comment Link Dr. Holly Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:00 posted by Dr. Holly

    Hi Guys, this is funny - pardon the pun - I have been providing a 3 hour laughter seminar for years - when you look at all the molecular pathways it effects in the gut - where 98% of your serotonin is made; on your endorphins; on your immune system; on the increased ability to bring in oxygen and release C02; on the adrenals - there are an endless array of functions, systems, etc that laughter has a positive impact upon - thus the saying...laughter is the best medicine.

    From a psychological approach - there was a book published back in the 90s about different societies and reviewing various studies using both objective and subjective tests that identified that happier people live longer; are more satisfied with their lives and have better marriages - and the US was at the bottom of the list - Canada significantly higher but still down the list. Cultures that focused on money and competition did significantly worse than cultures that focused on relationships and cooperation.

    But another variable that should have been looked at was: was happiness the cause or the result. Correlational studies are just that - correlational - they are not causal.
    Certainly people who are hurting - whether in relationships, physically, emotionally, financially - are not typically going to be happy - hurting is a strain to the entire system - however those that can be hold onto a good attitude while suffering are going to be the most effective and in the long run the happiest.

  • Comment Link Elaine Bartlett Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:47 posted by Elaine Bartlett

    Science has discovered that emotions can and do set off chemical changes within the body. It is well known that persistent emotional stress puts a strain on the adrenal glands, and uses up huge amounts of vitamins, particularly the B Vitamins which are also connected to mood. So if you're stressed, it's no wonder you don't feel happy!
    I think we're still a long way from discovering the precise bilogical process that connects happiness, or the lack of it and dis-ease. In my therapy practice the issue wasn't whether a lack of happiness had caused the health issue, but how and where it had manifested in the body. Unhappiness is usually due to fear if you go deep enough, and if you treat the fear, the body can readjust itself and begin to rebuild health.
    Elaine, Faceworks

  • Comment Link Wolf A Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:47 posted by Wolf A

    Unfortunately, as the world is today, and as it is developing, living longer may be detrimental to your happiness. --- " Ah! What a sign it is of evil life, when death's approach is seen so terrible! " -- Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2, 3.3

  • Comment Link Dr.B.M.Sood Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:22 posted by Dr.B.M.Sood

    Dr.Sejal,there can be no two opinions about the same,research has established today but laughing clubs are age old,sense of humor is appreciated every where, happy person induces happiness,gloomy induces gloominess,otherwise also when you are happy ,your efficiency is boosted,secretion of fluid in body is different.
    But any person have problems here attitude plays an part which can be cultivated,whatever possible to take care of problem one has to do,there after it is in hand of God or nature ,whatever you call,here Gita methodology is best,Do your best(Kartma),result is not in your hand,of course keep on trying,endless the theory,Dr.B.M.Sood

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