Happiness Helps Us Live Longer

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Happiness feels good, looks good and also allows us to live a better quality and much longer life. Research at the University of Missouri has come up with a formula for happiness! They use a measure called “Subjective Well Being” (SWB).

SWB =  HIGH Positive Mood + LOW Negative Mood + HIGH Life Satisfaction (As self reported since it is SUBJECTive Well Being)
All 3 typically move in tandem (trandem?)


Is SWB Real?   YES

-Self reports agree with family and friends
-Happy people have better and longer marriages
-Happy people have more career success and income
-Happy people live longer!

The researchers codified positive emotions from diaries of nuns in the 1930’s, the nuns were in their mid 20’s. The researchers could predict the lifespan of the nuns based on their happiness (SWB).

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The Amazing Results:
Most cheerful (top quarter) of nuns:  A staggering 90% were still alive at age 85!
Least cheerful (bottom quarter) of nuns: Only 34% were still alive at age 85!
So get happy!
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