Pessimists live longer

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  1. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    An interesting new item from sciencedaily.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com:80/releases/2011/03/110311153541.htm

    This kinda turns a few things around in relation to longevity. Being happy and loved and optimistic, and carefree are actually negatives in relation to longevity. Being a worrier does not stop you living a long time. Working longer into normal retirement age actually improves your chances of reaching a good age.

    Marriage is good, but only for men, and only if they are in a single long term marriage. Divorced and single men live less long. Even getting remarried does not help divorced men.

    Pets do not help. Combat veterans live shorter lives. Starting school too early assists early death.

    A bit of a turn round.
     
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  3. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Your genes have a great deal to do with it as well. Having parents that lived long lives seems to help with your own lifespan as well.
     
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  5. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Read that first thing this AM myself. The salient point was that prudence and persistence were the personality traits that allow one to live longer.

    Makes sense too, if you consider it: you decide to change your diet and exercise patterns to conform to a healthier way of living and then stick with it. You then reap the benefits of doing that. It doesn't count if you don't stick with the program, that is where the persistence comes in.
     
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  7. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    If pessimism insures a long life, I am going to live to be 100. I am the most pessimistic person I know.

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    (Want to know how it could be worse? lemme tell you...)

    Yeah, and I will be seriously pissed if someone demands I retire at 60 or 65. I'll retire when I'm either physically or mentally unable to work, thanks. If I don't have a job to make me get out of bed, I may not.
    I hate not working.
     
  8. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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    I'm not too fussed about living to be 100. I'm more focused on living a worthwhile life, than a particularly long one.
     
  9. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    VI

    Wait till you are 70. See if you think differently then!
     
  10. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    God, I'm a dead man! HELP!! :runaway:
     
  11. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    As cosmictraveller said, good genes can help. Maybe there is still hope for you.
     
  12. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    I dunno, I went to school at 4, broken home 3 times over, army vet, divorced, drink, smoke and worse, I've got a dog! I'd offer you my organs while they're still warm but y'know..theyve got genes in them..:xctd:
     
  13. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    No thanks, I will keep my own.
     
  14. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    I could do you a deal on a piece of liver..I wanna keep my braincell 'cos by a process of quantum metaphysical entanglement using hydrolysis and a spark-plug, I can be re-animated and become a living surrogate of the God-head..
     
  15. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Pessimists live longer?
    Oh great. Just what I needed.
     
  16. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    Eh, Prolly pickled...
     
  17. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    While my alcohol marinated liver could probably do with a boost, I will stick to what I have.

    Anyway, on the bright side, all this bad news is boosting everyone's pessimism, making them live longer. Whoops, that might make them optimists. Forget I said anything.
     
  18. Kennyc Registered Senior Member

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    Interesting results.
     
  19. Archie Registered Senior Member

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    Pessimists don't live longer.

    It just seems like they do, for all involved.
     
  20. Kennyc Registered Senior Member

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    I'm skeptical.
     
  21. winer36 Registered Member

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    It's probably because pessimists live life in a safe way.

    When you are an optimist, you don't care about anything in life and you live every day like it was your last.
     
  22. Honeyb35 Registered Member

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    I've always believed that if you have a positive and cheery outlook on life, not only will you enjoy it a lot more, but you'll also live longer
     
  23. Pinwheel Banned Banned

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    When you hate life, it just seems longer...
     

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