Short Takes - 2005-02-14

Many people with severe, disabling illnesses are just as happy as healthy people, finds a University of Michigan study. Researchers studied and compared the moods of 49 kidney failure patients receiving dialysis with a like number of healthy people. They found that the patients were in good moods the vast majority of time - no different than their healthy counterparts - and showed remarkable resilience of spirit. The study appeared in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.