Friday, 20 May 2011

Forever Young.

A couple of days ago I read an interesting article in the Guardian and it was repeated again in the Daily Mail the following day. The happier we are, the younger we die?




I don't mean this to be a depressing subject but it did get me thinking. I have to say I agree. I have nursed a fair few patients who are just the happiest people you could meet and suddenly they pass away. Regardless if they have a terminal illness, operation or co-morbidity. They are the deaths that affect me the most. I have not seen many but they're the ones that have really made me think "but they were so happy they didn't deserve to go yet." My Granddad was one of these people. He passed away at 65 and he radiated happiness every time I saw him. 


Then there are some people who I have met, for example, much older patients who say on many occasions they have had enough of life and want to pass away. I empathise with what they're saying but I cant help think "don't be selfish I know some people who would give anything to be alive right now and they weren't miserable either."


In saying that I have met some DELIGHTFUL elderly people who make me smile day in and day out! So I guess it does depend on different people and their lives. This was just an article that generated a lot of conversation at my work.


So the grumpier we are, the longer we are more likely to live? What do you think? 

4 comments:

a life of color said...

I just love caring for older adults (65+) especially ones who are kind, sweet, thoughtful and have funny stories to tell. I could do with out the old cranksters :)

Kristen said...

I agree with you Becca. I know some right miserable people that seem to last forever, even when they curse the world. I would not wish anyone to pass away but I know of some people that went way too early :(

Callie Nicole said...

Huh . . . I'm not sure I believe that. I've always heard the opposite, that being happy and laughing will help you live longer. Either way, I think it's generally healthier to be happy than to be grumpy - I mean looking at the havoc that stress hormones alone can wreak on your body, I'd think that it doesn't pay to be grumpy . . .

Holly said...

Hmm, I've never heard that theory before, but I agree with everyone else who says it's probably healthy to NOT be grumpy all the time!

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