22 April 2011

Misery suppresses suicide

The happiest countries and happiest U.S. states tend to have the highest suicide rates[.] . . . "This result is consistent with other research that shows that people judge their well-being in comparison to others around them. These types of comparison effects have also been shown with regards to income, unemployment, crime, and obesity."

From here.

The relationship is strong and statistically robust, but theories to explain it are merely guesswork.

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