Friday, August 22, 2008


I had a post recently about the protective power of happiness:

Happiness does not heal, but happiness protects against falling ill. As a result, happy people live longer. The size of the effect on longevity is comparable to that of smoking or not

While I agree with what some commenters said about the deficiencies of such studies I really think that there is something in this. (....which is interesting given my increasingly morose outlook on life at the moment!)

Anyway, here is a study that says that women exposed to negative life events at greater risk of breast cancer:

Happiness and optimism may play a role against breast cancer while adverse life events can increase the risk of developing the disease, according to a study by Professor Ronit Peled, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

The BBC also noted this one

There is of course another side to this.

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