Can you be so happy you forget to die?
Bernie Siegel, MD might not go that far.
But then again, he’s seen a lot of patients, and he knows how powerful it can be to love your life. So he just might.
A recent study led by Michael Sadler at Roosevelt University looked at the happiness levels of 674 pairs of elderly twins, followed for a median period of 9 years. Sadler and his team found a significant link between self-reported well-being and longevity.
They measured well-being by asking, “Are you happy and satisfied with your life at present?” On average, the twins who reported being happier were more likely to live longer.
Although this is correlational and can’t prove causation, it does suggest that Bernie might be on to something.
In this video, Bernie shares his view of the remarkable effect of loving your life.
It’s only 3 minutes long – it’s a lesson I don’t want you to miss.
Have you seen the effect of happiness on health with your patients? Please leave a comment below.