10 Sep More on happiness and better health
It’s long been theorized that happy people generally are in better health, but researchers aren”t sure why. A new study provides strong evidence that the happier you are, the healthier you will be.
Lead author Mohammad Siahpush, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, said the study may be the first to look at the effect of happiness on an individual’s health. Findings are published in the September/October issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
The study, which was conducted while Dr. Siahpush worked as a scientist at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer in Victoria, Australia, set out to evaluate the effect of happiness and life satisfaction on health. Though the study was conducted in Australia, Dr. Siahpush said similar results would be found in a study in the United States.
“The study provided strong evidence that subjective well-being and health are associated,” he said. “Not only happiness and life satisfaction are desired subjective states, but also they contribute to better health.
“Everything else being equal – regardless of your age, gender, whether you smoke, drink or exercise, if you”re happy and satisfied with life now, you”re more likely to be healthy in the future,” said Dr. Siahpush.
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