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These rotten happy days

india Updated: Oct 14, 2008 21:34 IST

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Oh do stop the moaning! We know that the global financial system is melting and all that but it’s really not as if the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are coming round the mountain, here they come. One fat silver lining in the dark cloud of the global market mayhem has been researchers finding that bad times are actually good for your health.

Studies conducted by Grant Miller, an Assistant Professor of Medicine of Stanford University, show that during a boom period people are more likely to fall ill because they are too busy running after — what else? — cash. Therefore, they are too busy to look after themselves and their families. Also, a merry state of mind leads to equally merry activities: binge drinking, eating calorie-rich food and skipping the date with the treadmill regularly. The opposite happens when there’s a downturn: you have all the time in the world to care for yourself and your family.

Considering that most of us are directly or indirectly hit by the meltdown, the health or money question poses a tricky choice for all of us. And, we suspect — there’s no need for a multi-billion dollar research on this one — the world will not be very sharply divided on this. Feeling better already, aren’t you? Hurrah, for the coming slacker days.