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~Thoughts for Thinking People~
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     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.


     >Riches don't make you richer, they make you busier.

     >Questions unanswered are better than answers unquestioned.

     >Problems will continue to rule humanity so long as proximate forces are invoked rather than ultimate explanations.

     >Your body was designed way back in pre-Neanderthal times when there were no candy bars.

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