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The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing tried to get more specific. It has followed more than 11,000 people age 50 and older since 2002. In 2004, about 4700 of them collected saliva samples four times in one day and, at those same times, rated how happy, excited, content, worried, anxious, and fearful they felt. The saliva samples are still awaiting analysis for stress hormones, but Steptoe and his UCL colleague Jane Wardle publish findings today on the links between mood and mortality in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .
"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."
- George Bernard Shaw
Originally posted by Manula
We all want to feel good, so if you are negative and you proudly say this world is bad and the logical choice is being negative, you are irrational. To feel bad is dumb, its unintelligent.
Originally posted by Realtruth
reply to post by ErroneousDylan
Negatively based people are destructive whether it's inward, outward or both.
Analogy, you have two people one happy person and one negative person, both are building a stand-castle on the beach. The negative person has lots of tools to build his, but the positive person only has his hands.
The negative person sees how much pleasure the positive person has gotten from building a small, awkward looking sand castle, as opposed to his mammoth creation with tools.
The negative person so enraged runs over and smashes the positive persons castle. The positive person is confused by the reaction of the negative person, but shrugs it off and immediately starts building another one.
What's the moral of the story here?
Originally posted by ErroneousDylan
It's because most negative and depresse people are highly irritable and agitated. When I think of someone who is "positive" I generally think of someone who is "cheery!" and doesn't really care about much. Surely, that is true for some people, but I know what you are thinking "I'm not the positive type who is like that." I know, I know.
However, usually a depressed person wants affection and sympathy even if they think they don't or deny it. When someone is not giving a crap about sorrows, the depressed person generally would think "How can you be so insensitive towards me? Care about my very real problems!"
Plus, they most likely want people to be as miserable as them. "It's not fair that I have to suffer so much and this crazy lady is bouncing around with happiness all nimbly-bimbly like."
At least that's what I assume.