Debating The Merits of Happiness

Last Sunday, the (UK) Times offered an interesting overview about the lingering debate that still rages on among conventional medical experts regarding the link -- both positive and negative -- between emotions and health.

The general sense I get from the piece is not about the value of positive emotions in relation to one's health. The author certainly cites enough evidence to make a convincing case, even if you remain skeptical about the worth of happiness.

I believe the debate, at least the way it's described here, has far more to do with spending good time and money on the research of positive emotions in what some perceive to be a trivial pursuit.

Then again, it's hard for me to imagine most of us believe the pursuit of happiness and optimal health could be perceived as anything but trivial, particularly when life throws us an unexpected curve ball, like losing your home to a natural disaster or a job.

In fact, building positive emotions through humor is one of the most natural things you can do to broaden your view of this wonderful world in which we live.

(UK) Times Online October 2, 2005

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