Happiness Can Make You Wealthy, and Other Links

Happy adolescents are more likely to be wealthy in adulthood.

Unemployment and multiple job losses boosts heart attack risk.

Average adult consume 5% of calories in the form of alcohol.

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  1. Timmy says:

    By being happy, people open themselves up for oppotunities they might not have received if they were unpleasant to be around.

  2. Laurence says:

    Happy adolescents are more likely to be wealthy in adulthood.

    I doubt there are any happy adolescents left on this planet these days.

  3. Jordan says:

    Unemployment and multiple job losses boosts heart attack risk

    Is this surprising to anyone? The stress levels that unemployment incurs, especially with our current unemployment rates, could take anyone to the madhouse.

  4. Wasif Huda says:

    Makes sense, recent researches indicate that one factor behind being resilient is being “optimistic.” By extension, resiliency is an important characteristic behind successful people.

  5. Studebaker says:

    I wonder if we can link the first two articles…

    Happy adolescents are more likely to do well in adulthood (presumably) with a lowered risk of unemployment. As a result, they experience less stress and have a lower risk risk of heart attack.

  6. Buster says:

    Happy adolescents are more likely to be wealthy in adulthood.

    Unemployment and multiple job losses boosts heart attack risk.

    Some of the commenters have interesting interpretations of the link between happiness and success. I believe Wasif is correct that perseverance is associated with both success and happiness. Timmy’s observation that unhappy people are unpleasant to be around is a good one. Moreover, I believe much of happiness is internal. Our maybe our brain chemistry may determine to a large extent whether we are happy, but to some degree I believe we can decide to be happy (i.e. a spoiled child is often disappointed).

    The bottom line is that people who have a positive mental attitude, try hard, persevere until they accomplish something are far more apt to be successful and happy with the results of their efforts.

  7. August says:

    Given that having alcohol in your system increases survival chances in the ER, alcohol consumption looks good.

    Also a fun little link : http://www.manolith.com/2009/04/15/history-lesson-the-story-of-beer/

  8. Buster says:

    Average adult consume 5% of calories in the form of alcohol.

    That’s shouldn’t come as a surprise. The average adult man should consume 2,500 calories per day (woman; 2,000). Five percent is equivalent to one beer (i.e. 125 calories).

  9. Kyle says:

    @Laurence Hah. I always knew that Emo trend was going to ruin the world. Vindicated.

  10. seyyed says:

    unemployment and job losses boost heart attack risk not only because of the added stress, but also because other health factors decline as a result. for example, people may be more inclined to spend less on food by eating from the dollar menu more often