Hapiness and Health

A UK study of 10,000 people aged over 50 years of age finds that older people who report being unhappy are three times more likely to die (over the study’s nine year period) and they are more likely to have adverse health outcomes than people who report being happy. Strong social networks also correlates with overall happiness as well as with better health outcomes.

Self-report measures of happiness are problematic because the concept of happiness is subjective – people may report being unhappy because they already suffer poor health, so there is no direct cause and effect relationship as reported in this article. Nevertheless, making people more aware of the relationship between psychological well being and physical health is always useful.