Happier people live longer

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 | In Lifestyle | Tags: ,

Happier people live longer
~ Happier people live longer ~

A review of more than 160 studies on the connection between a positive state of mind and overall health and longevity have found “clear and compelling evidence” that happier people enjoy better health and longer lives.

In fact, evidence linking an upbeat outlook and enjoyment of life to better health and longer life was stronger even than that linking obesity to reduced longevity, according to the review published recently in the journal Applied Psychology: health and Well-being.

Five thousand university students studied for more than 40 years provided evidence that the most pessimistic students tended to die younger. In the laboratory, positive moods were found to reduce stress-related hormones and increase immune function.

An overwhelming majority of studies support the conclusion that “Happiness is associated longevity”. Animals that lived in stressful conditions were found to have weaker immune systems and died at the younger age than those in less crowded conditions.

Source Credit: Reuters Life.


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