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Can You Be Ill and Still Happy



Do we really need studies to tell us that there's a strong relationship between health and happiness? Naturally, being ill causes unhappiness. In fact, research shows that health tends to influence happiness more than wealth does. In turn, happiness can enhance health.

Still, the health condition/unhappiness connection isn't so simple. This was discussed in a recent study in the Journal of Happiness Studies.


The study involved 383 people over age 50 in Alabama, most of them women, who were questioned about various aspects of their health and their degree of happiness. What reduced happiness most, it turned out, was not how ill people were (based on objective measures of health/disease, as opposed to self-reported health status), but rather how much their infirmities disrupted their daily functioning.

Some previous studies have found that many serious med. conditions have a surprisingly small effect on happiness, as long as they don't affect daily functioning greatly. Meanwhile, other less-threatening conditions that do disrupt daily life, such as urinary incontinence, tend to have a big impact. That helps explain why, overall, research has uncovered only weak links between objective measures of health-such as Docs.' records-and happiness, life satisfaction or sense of well-being.

As the researchers pointed out, many people, not long after their health care with a serious health condition or the onset of symptoms, start to adapt and/or compensate by deriving pleasure from other parts of their lives. This process has been called "well-being with health condition" or resilience. Unfortunately, a disease that continually disrupts daily life can interfere with this process of adaptation or compensation.

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The Power of Hope



Every few years I write about the pIaceb0 effect in this space because it's such a pivotal-and potentially confusing-player in health and wellness. The word pIaceb0 pops up just about every month in the Wellness Letter. It turns up a dozen times here in our article about dry needling.

How much do dry needling's apparent benefits derive from the pIaceb0 effect? That's a key question about most complementary and alternative health corrections-but also about much of mainstream med.. Researchers and Docs. have a love/hate relationship with the pIaceb0 effect. While we want to encourage it, we don't want the benefits of our health cares to derive solely from the pIaceb0 effect. But does it really matter? And what is this mysterious process?

The pIaceb0 effect occurs when belief in a health care or in the power of a trusted and caring prof. person actually helps the health care work and triggers an improvement in signand health. A pIaceb0 (Latin for "I will please") is a "fake" or simulated health care, such as a dummy pill or sham procedure, administered to someone who is unaware that it's not a "real" health care. As far back as ancient times it was known that the hope and expectation people experience when treated-even with a pIaceb0-can play a large role in rec0very. When it comes to pain and many other occurence, the mind and body work together.

That makes it hard to tell to what extent beneficial results come from a health care itself or from the patient's positive expectations. But it's essential to know whether the apparent efficacy of a health care such as dry needling is due solely to the pIaceb0 effect. The only way to find out is to test health cares against a pIaceb0 in controlled objective trials, in which neither the researchers nor the pat!ents know who is getting the health care and who is getting the pIaceb0. Even with a drug or procedure that's more effective than a pIaceb0, a patient's hope and expectation that it will help can add to its effectiveness.


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