According to research from the University of Michigan Centre for Behavioural and Decision Sciences in Medicine, giving up hope can make people living with a serious illness happier.
Researchers warned of the 'dark side of hope' which they observed among a group of adults who had their colons removed. Out of 71 patients, 41 were told they could have surgery to reconnect their bowels, while the others were given the grim prognosis that nothing further could be done. For the next six months those patients who resigned themselves to living with colostomy bags ended up being happier than those with a chance of recovery.
Source: Daily Mail