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May 30, 2019 22:57:24

Poverty Wealth Health... Happiness?

by @lucjah PATRON | 280 words | 49🔥 | 326💌


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It's sad and awful what you are writing about! This is a mad world we live in... 

And yet, money does not necessarily mean happiness! Of course, I am NOT talking about extremes, about people starving or sick because of poverty! But in the industrialised societies there are so many unhappy, frustrated, lonely people... We have SO MUCH and seem unable to appreciate it... In a way THIS is kind of poverty as well, isn't it? If you cannot see and appreciate what you have, it's as if you actually didn't have it...

Family, close friends and other social relationships are sources of joy and true happiness. This is a special kind of wealth. And, actually, it also influences health and longevity!

These findings indicate that the influence of social relationships on the risk of death are comparable with well-established risk factors for mortality such as smoking and alcohol consumption and exceed the influence of other risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity. Furthermore, the overall effect of social relationships on mortality reported in this meta-analysis might be an underestimate, because many of the studies used simple single-item measures of social isolation rather than a complex measurement. Although further research is needed to determine exactly how social relationships can be used to reduce mortality risk, physicians, health professionals, educators, and the media should now acknowledge that social relationships influence the health outcomes of adults and should take social relationships as seriously as other risk factors that affect mortality, the researchers conclude.

Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Timothy B. Smith, J. Bradley Layton.

And then... let's read: Billionaires, millionaires, inequality, and happiness and... go doolally... 

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    @lucjah the poor and the rich are unhappy. Most people would however prefer to be rich and sad rather than poor and sad

    Chika avatar Chika | Jun 01, 2019 00:20:19
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    @lucjah Ok but I still need some money 😬

    PhilH avatar PhilH | May 31, 2019 22:03:49
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