Human Resiliency and the Value of a Positive Perspective on Life
"Do positive emotions increase life satisfaction?" by Bobbi Emel, KevinMD.com
The answer is yes and they do it by building resilience. University of North Carolina professor Barbara Fredrickson has spent the past two decades looking into why we have positive emotions and what we do with them. She even has her own term for her work: positivity.
To quote an old commercial, “Why ask ‘why’?” when it comes to positive emotions? Shouldn’t we just enjoy them while they’re around? Sure, but maybe we can find even more about how these emotions benefit us.
"Be Happy and Live Longer" By Nancy Beth Jackson, December 30 2011, Healthy Outlook Blog, healthyimagination
Scientific proof mounts: Be happy and live longer....Findings included:
*The “happiest” people were slightly younger and more likely to be male and married.
*Positive emotions overall were lowest at 7 a.m. and highest at 7 p.m.
*Ethnicity, paid employment, education and presence of serious disease made no significant difference in PA.
*Smoking was less common and physical activity higher among those with higher PAs.
*Happier people had higher opinions of their own health.
The study joins a growing body of research which links being happy with living longer. “Happiness is no magic bullet, but the evidence is clear and compelling that it changes your odds of getting disease or dying young,” reports Ed Diener, University of Illinois psychology professor emeritus and lead author of a recent review of studies related to happiness. “The overwhelming majority of studies support the conclusion that happiness is associated with health and longevity.”
One way researchers account for the link is theorizing that happier people lead healthier lives, but Professors Steptoe and Wardle suspect biological processes are also at work. “In other research, we have found differences in stress hormones and in immunological defenses that may be relevant,” Professor Steptoe explained.