Warren Buffett told Berkshire Hathaway shareholders at the annual meeting that “happiness is important to longevity.” and that “I don’t see smiles on the faces of people at Whole Foods.”
I have many disagreements with Buffett on politics, and I don’t think his diet would agree with my digestion. But, I think he makes a good point here. Longevity is a much more complicated thing than many diet “know it alls” think. According to Gary Taubes, there was never any proven scientific basis for the so called “food pyramid.”
I recall Adelle Davis, back in the 1960’s and 70’s, who literally preached “healthy eating” as a preventive for disease. She argued against processed foods, saturated fat, and excess sugar. There was some schadenfreude when she died of multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, at age 70. In her defense, 70 at the time was within normal life expectancy. But, her diet, which she argued would prevent diseases such as cancer, did no such thing.
Buffett has been quoted in numerous places that when he is at work, he is so happy that he sometimes gets up and does a tap dance. I wonder how many people in this world would feel so happy at work that they would jump up and start tap dancing.