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2/19/08 HAPPINESS AND HEALTH A. Happiness and Health 1. Happiness and health linked in popular culture. 2. One of the most interesting areas of research in the last 20yrs is the link between the immune system and the cardiovascular system with the central nervous system a. The “mind-body” connection B. How do we examine the link between happiness and health? 1. Cross-sectional correlational studies a. Longitudinal Studies b. Experimental Studies C. Strong cross-sectional correlations between happiness and health 1. Research consistently shows a strong correlation between health and measures of subjective well-being 2. May be due to: a. Effects of health on happiness b. Correlation with personality measures such as neuroticism c. Reporting bias (relatively few studies have objective health measures) D. Nonetheless, some intriguing correlations… 1. Gill et al. study of people with Sickle Cell Anemia a. Positive mood correlated with few emergency and hospital room visits, less medication use
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