I was reading an article over at worldchanging.com today. The premise of the article is that when people work less, are under less stress and have time for the important things in life, they tend to make better decisions on matters that affect their physical health and the environment. I agree with the premise, but I'd love to see some real data to back it up. The statistics given tie these quality of life measures to incidence of anxiety and depression. This is well-proven and his anecdotal comment along these lines resonates with me personally.

What I've found over the years, is that I can manage my predisposition to the blues if I rest enough and if I take care of myself. I've found that if I take time to meditate, exercise, sleep sufficiently and joke around with friends, then my tendency to over-think and get down about life actually can transform into an asset: with space, digested worry can become some kind of worthwhile introspection.

But what I don't see in the article are studies that tie lower incidence of anxiety and depression to better health choices and, particularly, environmental decision-making. I can see, conceptually how there could be a relation (or even causation), and I'd like to believe it's true, but show me the numbers!