THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER 860
~Thoughts for Thinking People~

 

PERSONALITY & LONGEVITY

     Although it is commonly believed that optimistic, cheerful people will outlive their more serious counterparts, some research indicates otherwise. Continual cheerfulness may, in fact, even indirectly shorten life.

     These results come from a study of 1178 men and women from 1920 through 1986. The traits most associated with increased longevity included conscientiousness, social dependability, high motivation, high self-esteem, humor, sociability, high energy, and permanency of moods.

     It is theorized by researchers that more prudent individuals are more likely to have better overall self-care habits. This would include being organized and trying to plan for the unexpected. On the other hand, the perpetually cheerful, optimistic person may underestimate the dangers in life and may not only fall directly victim to them, but be emotionally devastated when things turn out in an unanticipated way.

     This doesn't mean we should not be optimistic and cheerful, just that these characteristics should be attached to intelligent living with forethought.

FOOD FOR THINKING

Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.