Feeling like a Grinch? At least it won’t shorten your life

Author: The Associated Press
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LONDON (AP) – Researchers in Britain say being a grumpy puss does not shorten your life, as previous studies suggested.

Scientists surveyed 715,000 British women, 50 to 69 years old in the late 1990s.

The women were asked things like how often they felt happy and how healthy they were. Nearly 40 percent of the women said they were happy most of the time while 17 percent said they were unhappy. After a decade of tracking the women, 4 percent had died.

Scientists found the death rate among unhappy women was the same as those who were happy.

But French scientists are suggesting that the results might not be the same in men, since “men and women probably define happiness differently.”

The research was published online Wednesday in the medical journal Lancet.

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