A merry heart does good like a medicine
Proverbs 17:22 ¶A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (KJV)
According to findings recently published in the August Archives of Surgery, individuals with a Type D Personality, which is associated with a tendency to experience negative emotions and refrain from self-expression in social situations, are at a greater risk for all causes of mortality. According to Annelies E. Aquarius, PhD, of Tilburg University, and colleagues, after adjusting for factors such as renal disease and diabetes, patients with Type D Personality were found to have a threefold greater risk of death (P=0.04). Karl A. Illig, MD, of the University of Rochester, found the findings intriguing and said, “These findings are of interest and add a bit of objectivity to the concept that the personality of a patient can affect his or her health and well-being.”
Obviously, there are a host of theoretical views and supporting studies that suggest that there is a mind-body connection. This thinking is also prevalent in many Christian denominations, wherein the connection is more intricate, a mind-body-spirit connection. Studies like this are important in that they add to the body of evidence in favor of this connection. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that reviews this study more.