Carnegie Mellon University
September 30, 2016

Research backs relationship between health, happiness

When Sarah Pressman was an undergraduate at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, she kept getting sick with the kinds of illnesses that often plague college students: mononucleosis, strep throat, colds that wouldn't go away.

She knew from her studies in biopsychology of the well-documented negative consequences of stress on health. But as Pressman moved forward in her academic career, eventually earning her Ph.D at Carnegie Mellon University, she became particularly intrigued by the idea of finding ways to protect ourselves against the physical damage wrought by stress.