Happy People Live Longer?
People who are happy and enjoy life have a lower risk of premature death as they age, HealthDay News reports of research from the University College London. Why? Enjoying life can lower stress, and that in turn can lead to longevity. A study found that those who consistently said they enjoyed life were 24 percent less likely to die during the study's follow-up period, compared with those who said they find little joy in their lives. This was an observational study. That is, there is no cause-and-effect relationship between enjoying life and living longer. And being happy doesn't mean you will automatically enjoy good health. However, while other factors that were not measured by the British team could be responsible for the extra years of life, the findings do support the hypothesis that a positive outlook is relevant to your future health.