Tour de happiness

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Sharon Frey

By Sharon Frey

I'm lightheartedly gliding along a beach-side path on a gold rental bike with silver arched handlebars. Suddenly I hear someone screaming "Aaaaahhhrrrr!" It sounds like an angry pirate is heading toward me.

I quickly realize I’ve crossed over into the wrong lane by mistake as I made space for a friend riding next to me. A guy dressed for some serious biking was 20 feet in front of me, his face twisted with rage. I immediately got back into my lane and he passed by.

"Do you think he's riding for his health?" asked my friend, tongue in cheek. 

"If he is, it may not be working, unfortunately," I said.

Of course I had made a mistake being in the wrong lane. But this guy’s response didn’t seem very helpful for him, especially if he really was riding to benefit his health.

Researchers report that anxiety and anger aren’t fruitful for well-being and, on the contrary, happiness is good for us. A 2011 review of 160 studies published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being found "clear and compelling evidence" that happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than unhappy peers.

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This blog by Sharon Frey was published on Everyday Health on March 12, 2012.

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