Want to Live Longer?
(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?