An Unsatisfying Level Of Depression
Scientists and researchers are people, too. Just like you and I, these curious and number crunching individuals put their pants on one leg at a time. Though theyâre often perceived to be a bit brainier than normal folk, theyâre still confronted with the same daily struggles as the rest of the civilized world. Since they are perceived to be so intelligent, it looks poorly on them and those who sign their checks if they arenât always busy, crunching numbers or publishing new studies or discovering some brand new something.
But life doesnât always hand us groundbreaking results and statistics every day, and not every university gets to have their own Einstein. No, sometimes these scientists and researchers simply need busy work, something to publish for no other reason than to prove that they still know how to do their jobs. Who are we judge them for it?
Take, for instance, the latest study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in collaboration with the University of Oslo. Apparently, there were several who needed to keep their hands busy the day this study was published.
According to this new study, people who have a serious case of depression are less satisfied with their lives.
Conversely, and this is where it gets real interesting, those who are considered âhappy peopleâ are more satisfied with their lives.
âPeople who are satisfied at any one point in life are often also satisfied at other times in their lives,â reads the study.
âThis stabilityâthe dispositional life satisfactionâis often said to reflect an underlying positive mood or a positive disposition.â
Though these scientists and researchers may be looking for ways to avoid the devils playground, theyâre definitely thorough, providing statistics to back up their common sense claims.
For instance, according to their tests (yes, they ran tests) 15.8% of the men and 11.1% of the women they tested met the criteria for lifetime major depression. In addition to being depressed, these individuals also reported being less satisfied with their lives.
Or, is it that they were depressed because they were less satisfied with their lives? Itâs a vicious cycle, this depression and lack of satisfaction.
So, why are these people depressed and less than satisfied with their lives? According to the research, its all in the genes. Those with cheery dispositions are usually that way because this trait was passed on from their parents. Alternatively, those who were prone to be depressed about their lives picked this up from mom and pop.
To put it in expensive, science-y terms, âThe stable tendency to see the bright side of life is associated with lower risk of major depression because some genetic factors influence both conditions,â explains researcher Ragnhild Bang Nes from the Division of Mental Health.
This is all extreme common sense, of course. Iâve never met a single depressed person (Iâve known several) who also claim to be really excited about the way their lives are going and satisfied with their overall existence. Being bummed out about the way your life is going is part of the depressed territory. Likewise, youâll never meet a bouncy, cheery person who says, with a smile, âI know Iâm a radiant beam of irritating sunshine, but Iâd be much more satisfied if only I had a touch of the gloomies!â
To wrap up this study, Nes concludes by saying all the little things to make us happyâ pictures of puppies, romantic dates with loved ones, the laughter of a childâ can only offer small protection against a lifetime of unsatisfactory depression if you carry the gene for it.
So, keep your head up, normal people. Though you may be destined to a frustrating life of dissatisfaction, you can rest easy at night knowing that even brilliant people can come up with dumb studies when theyâre bored. And itâs little moments like that which should provide at least momentary happiness.
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