Sunday, February 21, 2010

Listen to Bobby

Here is a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy......

Do those sentences above ring any bells in your head? Well, you would probably have guess that. Yes, they are the famous lyrical phrases from the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy", written by Bobby McFerrin, and it is also the theme song for the movie "Cocktail".

But well, we are not discussing oldies and old time movies right here, but today, we are going to talk about the importance of being happy and enthusiastic. As one of the phrases sound, "In every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double, don't worry, be happy.....", indeed, this sounds very very true, especially when a latest study has been published in the 17th February advanced online issue of the European Heart Journal.

A group of zealous researchers, led by Dr. Karina Davidson, suggest that people with a tendency to experience positive emotions, such as being happy, enthusiastic and content, are also less likely to develop heart disease than those who do not experience it.

Although the findings were only based on observational study, but such evidence was fairly convincing that "positive effects" in individuals, such as joyful, pleasant feelings, are very likely decreasing the risk of developing heart diseases, while "negative effects", such as feelings of anxiety, depression and hostility, on the other hand, could lead to the elevation of risk in developing heart diseases.

The study, was involving some 800 plus healthy males and females respectively. These participants had their risk of heart disease checked at the very beginning stage of the study. Apart from that, they were also had their positive or negative effects measured, by using a positive five-point scale, ranging from "none" to "extreme". That is, being "none" means that you do not have any positive effect within you at that particular time, whereas "extreme" indicates that you are in a jovial mood.

After ten years of the study, the researchers found that there was a steady trend linking increased positive effect with lower risk of heart disease. Although such findings were somewhat convincing in the medical field, but a clinical trial will be done very soon for further confirmation on the outcome.

Therefore, be happy, don't worry!

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