Study Finds Too Much Happiness May Be Fatal

A recent study warns that it’s important to experience positive moods but in moderation. Read ahead to know more.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaPublished at: Jul 18, 2022Updated at: Jul 18, 2022
Study Finds Too Much Happiness May Be Fatal

We all strive to be endlessly happy in order to be a better version of ourselves. However, scientists have recently found that excessive happiness can be a potential cause of death. It is true that being happy protects us from health hazards as a good laugh makes us more resistant to pain. Yet, June Gruber, a professor of psychology at Yale University studied happiness and warns that it’s important to experience positive moods but in moderation.   

Professor June compares happiness to food. We all know that we need food for basic sustainability still and well, too much food can cause  health problems. Similarly, happiness can lead to bad outcomes too. Taking it to her research she explains, “Research indicates that very high levels of positive feelings predict risk-taking behaviors, excess alcohol and drug consumption, binge eating, and may lead us to neglect threats.” 

Naturally, "happy heart syndrome" was the name given to it. Researchers refer to it as takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Now, what is takotsubo cardiomyopathy exactly? Why do some individuals succumb to it, then? 

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a heart disease characterized by dysfunction and ballooning of the left ventricle of the heart.  An unexpected sickness, the death of a loved one, a traumatic accident, or a natural calamity like an earthquake can all cause Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Study Finds Too Much Happiness May Be Fatal

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On the flip side, researchers recently have documented people with Takotsubo syndrome that is brought on by happy occasions like marriage, the birth of grandchildren, and winning the lottery.

37 cases of happy heart syndrome and 873 cases of broken heart syndrome were found among the 910 individuals in the study who had an emotional trigger for takotsubo syndrome. Happy heart syndrome was primarily seen in men, as opposed to broken heart syndrome, which primarily affects women.

The researchers discovered that the incidence of death and complications from happy heart syndrome is low. So, don't worry if you get worried during major events in life. You won't likely die from them. However, always seek medical attention if you experience any pain or pressure in your chest.