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George Mason University Study Shows Health and Happiness Directly Related

18/11/2012 23:24 (518 Day 05:05 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- In an interesting study conducted by researchers from the George Mason University, as well as the University of Massachusetts, the University of Chicago and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, has indicated a direct link between an individual’s functioning and their level of happiness.

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According to the study, when a person’s daily functions are disrupted, their level of happiness decreases.

Happiness and Health -- Previous studies have shown just how strongly happiness is related to the more minor issues that people might experience with their bodies, such as incontinence as opposed to issues such as cancer. One of the aims of the studies was to look into this link in order to understand the issue a bit better.
The results that were obtained from the study, according to the lead author, Erik Agner, shows support for “the notion that health status is one of the most important predictors of happiness. A better understanding of the complex relationship between health status and subjective well-being could have important implications for the care and treatment of patients and could lead to interventions that could dramatically improve patient quality of life.”

The Finer Points of the Study -- The study constituted 383 adults who were being treated by primary caregivers in Alabama. In order to investigate the easy, a “freedom-from-debility score” was used and the participants were asked to answer questions relating to how they went about their daily tasks and how these were affected by their health concerns. Researchers stated that, “Those who suffer illness compensate by deriving more happiness or satisfaction from life domains other than health, including work, family life, etc. by experiencing improvements in other domains and/or by assigning greater weight to those other domains. It follows from both of these hypotheses that, insofar as a medical.”

Examining the Findings -- As they went through the findings, researchers noticed that for every point that an individual increased in the “freedom-from-debility” score, they increased by 3 points in the unhappiness scale. This 3-to-1 ratio shows just how big of an impact illness has on feelings of happiness. It should also just be taken into account, however, that there are other factors that affect this score, such as whether the condition severely impacts their daily activities.

Improving Patients Quality of Life -- Ultimately, the study will be used to continue improving the quality of life for those suffering from a range of medical illnesses, as this type of research can assist professionals in understanding how these conditions affect people and the way that they experience their problems.

 

 

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