Be Happy, Live Longer!

Be Happy, Live Longer!

As anyone with a happy attitude will tell you, approaching life with a smile on your face certainly makes for a more pleasant experience both for yourself and those around you. On top of that, happiness may foster longevity.

This notion is amply reinforced by recent research involving nearly 4,000 individuals between the ages of 52 and 79. Over a period of five years, each was asked to assess his or her feelings of anxiety and happiness at different points throughout the day. At the study’s end, it was found that those with the highest happiness scores lived the longest. In fact, they were 35% more likely to outlive their less happy counterparts.

Anxiety showed no effect on lifespan. In ways that aren’t yet completely understood, a positive outlook on life helps to protect against the negative effects of stress, safeguarding people from becoming sick. Not only are happy people less likely to send out surges of stress hormones that contribute to heart disease, but they’re also more likely to practice good self-care and have better social networks – both reliable indicators of good physical health.