Happiness and Long Life
- Аn axiom: It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.
- To be rich and healthy — this is happiness (it is an obvious consequence of the above axiom).
- The happier are the people — the healthier they are. Is this an obvious assertion? According to recent data, it isn’t. Unhappiness won’t kill you.
A study published on Wednesday in The Lancet, following one million middle-aged women in Britain for 10 years, finds that the widely held view that happiness enhances health and longevity is unfounded.
“Good news for the grumpy” is one way to interpret the findings, said Sir Richard Peto, an author of the study and a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at the University of Oxford. “Happiness and related measures of well-being do not appear to have any direct effect on mortality.”
So much for that. Happiness does not hold promise of longevity. It just makes your life more joyful, if not longer.
Sex in the Rain.
It is believed that the sound of a falling raindrops is very romantic. Especially in India, when the first drops of spring rain nails the orange dust on the roads to the ground, and a dazed five feet python might appear right in front of your scooter. Every living creature enjoys a long-awaited rain. Many small animals try to produce an offspring right before the start of the rainy season.
However, Indian dogs behave differently. Instead of bringing puppies to the world to coincide with the rainy season, they are doing just the opposite: when it starts to rain, they frantically copulate. Indeed, what could be better than sex when raindrops splash and splatter on the window glass? People might think like this, but dogs? Why do the Indian dogs do it when it rains? This phenomenon set Indian scientists think. Eventually they solved the puzzle.
It turns out that romantic mood in dogs, both male and female, depends a great deal on their sense of smell. Romance, literally, in the air and canines can smell it.
During the dry season in Calcutta, where the observations for the study were made, lots of unappetizing odors are in the air. This stench could hardly be called romantic, even by a dog. Particularly by a dog. In a word, stinking air kills all desire to copulate in Calcutta’s canine population. But then comes rain and purifies the air. The aroma of freshness rises to the skies and, at last, dogs can smell one another and fall in love. When Love Is in the Air: Understanding Why Dogs Tend to Mate when It Rains