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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Hard work and stress could help towards longer life!

On completion of a 20 year study by a team of researchers, into which factors may predict the health and length of life of people,  led by Howard S. Friedman, distinguished professor of psychology  and Leslie R. Martin , a 1996 UCR alumna (Ph.D.) they have published their findings in a report entitled "The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study". Many of the conclusions in the report question conventional thoughts on longevity factors.

It would seem that the commonly given advice of not to work too hard and not to get too stressed over day to day life and it's associated problems doesn't work as advice for good health and a longer life.

Whilst we all want to  feel loved and cared for, which gives a better sense of well-being, it doesn't it seem to help us live longer.

Leslie Martin, who is  now a psychology professor said in the report "We came to a new understanding about happiness and health. One of the findings that really astounds people, including us, is that the Longevity Project participants who were the most cheerful and had the best sense of humor as kids lived shorter lives, on average, than those who were less cheerful and joking. It was the most prudent and persistent individuals who stayed healthiest and lived the longest."

In the past it has been commonly commented on that a lot of people when they retired after a life of work didn't seem to live long enough to enjoy their retirement. The study found that continually productive men and women lived much longer than their more laid-back comrades.

Read more details in ScienceDaily: Keys to long life? Not what you might expect.

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