Friday, March 1, 2013

I've Got a Long Future Ahead of Me

A study indicates pessimistic folks may live longer than the optimists:
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.
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.  

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