A British study of over seven hundred thousand women showed that happiness does not lead to a longer life. Ill health can make you unhappy and kill you early, but when that was taken out of the calculations, happy and unhappy women’s life spans were about the same.
I read that and thought, “Oh, thank god.” As a cancer survivor and a current heart patient, I’ve got enough “You shouldn’t do that” and “You should do that” concerns without adding, “And be happy, damn it, or you’ll die.” The fact that I am happy helps, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to feel guilty when I get down because now, on top of being depressed, I’m killing myself. And now I don’t have to, thanks to the Million Women Study. That makes me happy.
How were you happy this week?