Be Pessimistic to Live Longer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 01, 2013

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Be Pessimistic to Live Longer

A recent study has revealed that older people stricken by pessimism and fear for the future are more likely to live longer and healthier lives than their optimistic counterparts.

The study which was conducted at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting the future is associated with death and disability.

“Our findings show that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade,” said lead author Frieder R Lang.

To support their finding, Lang and his team collected data for the German Socio-Economic Panel from 1993 to 2003. They conducted an annual survey consisting of around 40,000 people from age group of 18 to 96 years and found out that a darker outlook on the future is often more realistic and  that older adult’s predictions of their future is more accurate in contrast to the youngest group.


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