Analysis of Newspaper Research Results

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Analysis of Newspaper Research Report Results HCS/438 July 25, 2011 Mike Janson, MPH Introduction It has always seemed to me that people who are happy, with a positive outlook breeze through life much easier than those with a poor attitude. In the healthcare field, those patients who are cooperative and receptive to the idea of rehabilitation and therapy appear to heal much more quickly. A study in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, looks at the lack of enjoyment of life and the effects of stress on a person’s health and lifespan (University of Illinois, 2011). Statistical Procedures In the study “analyzed long-term studies of human subjects, experimental human and animal trials, and studies that evaluate the health status of people stressed by natural events” (University of Illinois, 2011, para 1). Eight different types of studies were reviewed. One study followed 5,000 university students for more than forty years, comparing their level of positivity or negativity to the number of years they lived. Another study followed 180 nuns from early adulthood into their elderly years, correlating the number of years alive to their positive or negative recollection and personal journals of their youth. Animal studies and experiments were also performed to determine whether stress had an effect on their immune system and heart health (University of Illinois, 2011). Findings and Conclusions According to senior scientist Ed Diener, long term trials and laboratory studies on humans revealed, “the general conclusion from each type of study is that your subjective well-being, that is, feeling positive about your life, not stressed out, not depressed -- contributes to both longevity and better health among healthy populations” (University of Illinois, 2011, para 2). The long-term studies and trials reviewed
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