Scientists Have Figured Out the Secret to a Longer Life
Want to live longer? Find a new project. According to a new study published inThe Lancet, people who have a sense of purpose tend to have longer lives.
Researchers from University College London, Princeton University and Stony Brook University followed a group of 9,000 British people age 65 and older for more than eight years. Participants answered questions about having a sense of purpose in life, feeling that what they do is worthwhile and having a sense of control. The study then separated the participants into four groups based on their sense of overall well-being.
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What they found shows the healing power of optimism. People with the greatest sense of well-being were 30% less likely to die during the eight-year period than the people with the lowest sense of well-being. Participants in the highest-level group lived an average of two years longer than the lowest-level participants. These results were controlled for factors like age, sex, socioeconomic status, physical health and activities like smoking and drinking.
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