Happiness makes you healthy

Being a miserable git could kill you off quicker according to a new study.

US researchers monitored the health of 1,700 people over 10 years and said that people who were anxious and depressed were more likely to croak from heart disease.

The study, which was published in the European Heart Journal, which we get for its defibrillator advertisments, says that while there was no proof that happy, optimistic people were protected from heart disease, people should try to enjoy themselves.

Participants were assessed for emotions ranging from hostility and anxiousness to joy, enthusiasm and contentment.

They were given a rating on a five-point scale to score their level of positive emotions.

By the end of the analysis one in 10 of those studied had heart disease.

But for each rise in the happiness scale there was a 22 per cent lower risk of developing heart disease.

Dr Karina Davidson, who conducted the study, said that spending a few minutes each day relaxed and enjoying yourself may improve your physical health. Happy people sleep better, are less liable to suffer stress and be more able to move on from upsetting experiences, she said.

Ellen Mason, of the British Heart Foundation, suggested such an association may be of limited value because it is impossible for miserable gits to change themselves.

She thinks that reducing cholesterol and diabetes are more important when it comes to reducing heart disease.

Sounds a bloody miserable life to us.  It seems that packing in smoking and drinking is counterproductive.