Of the 3,800 people aged 52-79 who took part in the study, those who rated their happiness the highest were significantly less likely to die in the following five years than those who were discontent.
Even after taking into account the affects of age, disease and lifestyle, the study showed that happy subjects were 35 percent less likely to die than their unhappy counterparts.
“The happiness could be a marker of some other aspect of people’s lives which is particularly important for health, “ said UCL psychologist and epidemiologist Andrew Steptoe, who conducted the study. “For example, happiness is quite strongly linked to good social relationships, and maybe it is things like that that are accounting for the link between happiness and health.”
Although the research isn’t conclusive, it certainly backs up previous thinking that happiness is linked to health, wellbeing and longevity. And in our book that means bikes, buddies and the back end of beyond.
A ride-out a day keeps the doctor away? Sounds good to us.