|Higher values on the y-axis indicate more positive emotions, higher values on the x-axis indicate greater better self-reported physical health. The smaller, bluer circles indicate lower GDP, the higher, greener ones mean higher GDP.|
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Positive Affect and Health
Posted by Mark Egan
Peter Ubel spotted this nice graph from a recent paper in Psychological Science showing the correlation between positive emotions and self-reported health in 142 countries. The data was drawn from the 2005 Gallup World Poll and contains a sample of 150,000 people (52% female, 48% male, age range 15-99, average age = 39). Ireland traditionally does very well on life satisfaction measures and we seem pretty happy here but I didn't know we had such robust health (or at least we think we do).