22 Apr Health literacy and happiness
A new University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study published in the advanced online edition of the journal Social Indicators Research suggests a link between the ease with which older adults can access and understand health information and their happiness.
In the study, researchers surveyed 383 older adults in Alabama ages 50 and up who were under the care of primary care physicians. Those surveyed were asked if they could read and answer questions on medical forms unassisted and to rate their level of happiness.
The study found that those with lower levels of health literacy – those who reported having the most problems reading and understanding medical forms – were more than twice as likely to report being unhappy regardless of health and socioeconomic status.
To read more of this interesting and important happiness related research, something of interest (I’m sure) to all who’re involved in positive psychology coaching or even those seeking a healthier and happier life – click here