06 Mar Happiness and healthiness
Recent scientific studies prove what ancient people have known from, well, Antiquity, and namely that individuals who are always in a good mood and remain positive throughout the day experience less diseases and less sickness than those who are always gloomy. Researchers from the University of Kansas (UK) say that staying optimist is precisely what people in impoverished countries need. It may seem harsh, but the cost of medical care in some of the poorest regions of the globe is oftentimes prohibitive for most of the population. That’s why those persons resort to alternative forms of medicine, which may sometimes prove to do more harm than good.
“We’ve known for a while now that emotions play a critical role in physical health. But until recently, most of this research was conducted only in industrialized countries. So we couldn’t know whether feelings like happiness or sadness matter to the health of people who have more pressing concerns – like getting enough to eat or finding shelter. But now we do,” Gallup senior research associate Sarah Pressman, who is also a KU assistant professor of psychology, says.
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