Un-lessons from a study on happiness

You might have seen this TEDx talk about the longest study on happiness:


The lessons were that good relationships keep us happier and healthier:

  1. Social connections are really good for us and loneliness kills
  2. It’s the quality of your close relationships that matters
  3. Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies, they protect our brains

These are interesting finds and gives us something to strive for.

Now, I haven’t read the study or any follow-ups to it, but I can’t help being the contrarian and think, OK, maybe there is a causality here, not just correlation. But maybe cause and effect has been switched around.

Maybe the frailest among us, maybe those marred by illness, physical and mental, are shunned by the people who should be the friends and connections. Maybe this happens much sooner that the actual disease is visible to all, because maybe we are very good at spotting it in each-other, on an instinctive level.

I can’t help but think this because I can see how those that are ill or frail among us seem to lose friends, while people flock around those that are active and healthy.










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