Believing in the best, it turns out, is not always good for he alth.
Believing in the best, it turns out, is not always good for he alth. Especially when it comes to people with chronic diseases
"Hope is an important factor in happiness," says Dr. Peter Abel, director of the Center for Behavioral Science and Decision Making at the University of Michigan. But hope has a downside. If it prevents people from leading a normal life, then it causes harm.”
Together with his colleagues, Dr. Abel studied the lives of patients who underwent a colostomy (part of the large intestine is brought out). After the operation, the stool is passed into a special stoma bag connected to the colon through an opening in the abdomen. Before the operation, some people were told that their situation could change for the better over time if they had a second operation. Others were told they had a permanent stoma.
It turned out that those people who no longer expected any help led a happier life in the next six months. “And others could not lead a normal life, could not come to terms with the circumstances,” says Dr. Abel. “They sacrificed their current peaceful life for a distant future that promised them a return to their former he althy body.”
Source:He alth Day