That sounds like a giant dose of irony. People who enjoy life are more likely to die, and those that don't end up living longer. I always figured that'd be my luck.Older people blighted by pessimism and fear for the future are more likely to live longer, according to scientists.A study, into 40,000 adults across ten years, has found those with low expectations for a “satisfying future” actually led healthier lives.In contrast, people who were “overly optimistic” about the days ahead had a greater risk of disability or death within ten years.The extraordinary research, published by the American Psychological Association, will not doubt prove comfort to anyone with a tendency to grumpiness.Frieder R. Lang, lead author of the study from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, said: “Our findings revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade.
Friday, March 1, 2013
I've Got a Long Future Ahead of Me
A study indicates pessimistic folks may live longer than the optimists: