Study: Happy people live longer
London, England, United Kingdom
November 1, 2011 10:55 am EDT
Health, Medical Research, Lifestyle And Leisure, Lifestyle
Don't worry, be happy--and live longer.
A new study published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people who reported feeling the happiest had a 35 percent reduced risk of dying compared to those who reporting feeling the least happy.
The British study involved 3,800 people aged 52 to 79. It followed the participants for five years and recorded the number who died and controlled for factors including age, gender, health, marital status, education level and wealth.
The researchers say that the results show that happiness is associated with an extended life span, and hope that future research will show that if people can learn to be happy, they may also extend their life.
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