Want to Live Longer?

5 comments | March 15th, 2012

(story by OOC, via CBSNews, on OOC repeat)

The key to your life's longevity just may be your happiness according to research from the U.K.  Talk about a marriage of qaulity and quantity, according to the study published here (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences),  "those who reported feeling happiest had a 35 percent reduced risk of death compared with those who reported feeling least happy."

And 35% ain't nothing.

The researchers came to their conclusions, which they shared with CBS This Morning, by tracking participants 52 to 79 years old for 5 years, finding that those who'd been the most positive on the first day of the study also were the least likely to die over the five year period, and those who were most "negative" were more likely to die.

If not for nothing, the lead researcher shared her conviction that "happiness makes a profound difference on overall health…(and that) literally, being happy saved their lives."

Well, the happy story has a hiccup we explore a lot here @OOC…what exactly are the keys to happiness?  While no easy answers come from this research, they did point to things like "meaningful relationships, whether it's at work, at home or in the community…And the other thing is you really have to live in the moment. Sometimes we postpone our happiness saying, 'I'll be happy when I lose five pounds,' 'I'll be happy when I get a better the job, when I get a bigger apartment,' whatever it is. The happiest people enjoy the journey getting there, as well."

A big @OOC amen to that!

What do you think?




  • Carla

    Posted on November 2, 2011

    I really need to live more in the moment.
    I am always thinking about all the things I have to do, worrying about what I haven’t accomplished, hoping things will improve.
    Thanks for the reminder.
    Gonna try today, not tomorrow. :)

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    • Eva@OOC

      Posted on March 15, 2012

      Hey, Carla. I think we all spend too much time in that zone. It is hard to stay in the moment. But the more mindful we are, the more we try, the more we will succeed. Thanks for your input.

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  • Mimi

    Posted on November 2, 2011

    I totally believe this. You know how those old couples live until the other one dies? I’m sure it’s because they kept each other happy.

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  • Maria K.L.

    Posted on November 7, 2011

    Happiness is good for your heart, soul and mind. Stress is bad for each. Long live happiness. Long live you!

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