Oh, yeah, how you can live longer, too: Drink More Coffee. I found this via Althouse, bless her little cheese head.
I've had a rough week. This is like the best news ever. I live a pretty pathetic life, and the only thing I really get to enjoy most of the time is coffee.
You can read the article, but one of the things I known since I was a kid about coffee is that it is a painkiller. I was running a fever from the flu a couple of day ago and took the first over-the-counter pain reliever -- an ibuprofen -- I've had in probably two or three years. If I get a headache or I have muscle soreness, I drink coffee.
Caffeine might also function as a pain reliever. A study from September suggested as much when its authors stumbled across caffeinated coffee as a possible confounding variable in its study of the back, neck, and shoulder pains plaguing office drones: Those who reported drinking coffee before the experiment experienced less intense pain.And it helps with existential angst and depression:
The data is even more intriguing -- and more convincing -- for caffeine's effects as a salve against more existential pains. While a small study this month found that concentrated amounts of caffeine can increase positivity in the moment, last September the nurses' cohort demonstrated a neat reduction in depression rates among women that became stronger with increased consumption of caffeinated coffee.
Without coffee, what reason is there to live? I don't see how non-coffee drinkers do it. I'm baffled.
Got to go. I have a pot to polish off! Woo-hoo!