17 Oct Live longer with happiness!
Research suggests happiness & wellbeing, or lack of it, can predict death and illness!
Check out this amazing article from the Huffington Post…
The storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once wrote, “Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.” Now a new British study suggests that enjoying life can actually prevent illness and death.
A study of 10,000 Brits age 50 and older in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), found the unhappiest people — those ranked in the bottom third for life enjoyment — were three times more likely to die over a given period than those in the top third. Specifically, over a nine-year period, 20 percent of the people in the study group were expected to die. But nearly 29 percent of the grumpiest people died, compared with about 10 percent of the happiest.
In addition, unhappiness predicted poor health outcomes. By measuring psychological well-being in 2004–05, researchers could forecast which healthy middle-aged people would suffer from “disability, slower walking speed, impaired self-rated health and the incidence of coronary heart disease” by the time they visited again in 2010-2011. (Participants were interviewed three times between 2002 and 2011.)
“These remarkable findings became even more astonishing when it became clear that the link between psychological well-being and long-term health and survival was independent of other factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, wealth, education and baseline health,” …
…keep reading more about this amazing happiness related research HERE