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Daily Connect: Does Being Happy Increase The Risk Of Suicide
Submitted by Ethan Nichtern on Wed, 4/27/2011, 3:49pm
From the counterintuitive-to-Buddhist-psychology-department, according to Gothamist, and a new study from University of Warwick, certain happy states carry with them a higher rate of suicide.
As someone with suicide in my family history, this makes no sense to me.
"Their study ranked Utah as the No. 1 state for residents' sense of well-being, but it also scored a high No. 9 in suicide rate. By contrast New York State ranked a low 45th in well-being, but an even lower 50th in suicides."
The study hypothesizes that if you are surrounded by depressed people, you might not feel so bad about yourself. Odd. I'm not sure if these so-called "happy states" are drug-induced or not, but this seems a bit ironic from the point of view of meditation. Skepticism has a great place in creating contentment, and pessimism has it's place, but it's hard to imagine that if you are a big old crankypants all the time that you are in a better place.
Thoughts? Help me understand this one.
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