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Study: Pessimists live longer, healthier lives
TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Feb 13 14:20 CET | (AFP/jlb)

Posted on 03/02/2013 5:38:41 PM PST by Olog-hai

Older people who look on the darker side of life tend to live longer than optimists, who in turn face an increased risk of illness and mortality, a new study by a German research institute found on Thursday.

Researchers in Germany and Switzerland found that older people who believe their life satisfaction will be above average in future face a 10-percent higher mortality risk or are more likely to develop physical health problems, the DIW think-tank said.

“It is possible that a pessimistic outlook leads elderly people to look after themselves and their health better and take greater precautions against risks,” said one of the researchers, Frieder Lang. …

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KEYWORDS: longevity; longlife; ohnonotme; pessimism
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Seems to contradict this study from close to seven years ago.
1 posted on 03/02/2013 5:38:57 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Sigh. I’m probably not pessimistic enough to qualify. I bet I’ll die young. Just my luck.


2 posted on 03/02/2013 5:39:44 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Olog-hai

The masochist said to the sadist “Hit me!”
The sadist did nothing.
The masochist said “Do it again!”


3 posted on 03/02/2013 5:41:59 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Olog-hai

I’ve learned there is a thin line between pessimism and realism. Often they are the same things, as far as anyone can tell. What I find pessimistic instead is an unrealistic view of the world, as if the real one isn’t good enough or something.


4 posted on 03/02/2013 5:43:47 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Olog-hai

Awe, cr*p. I’m going to live forever.


5 posted on 03/02/2013 5:44:12 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Olog-hai

One can be pessimistic about the world and doings around them but be uplifted by their faith, family and friends to enjoy life nonetheless. I would think being a total, unbalanced pessimist would be a miserable existence and shorten life instead.


6 posted on 03/02/2013 5:44:27 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Olog-hai

Wow - I’m set for a couple hundred more years.....


7 posted on 03/02/2013 5:44:49 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t believe that.


8 posted on 03/02/2013 5:45:55 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I don’t think is going to end well. :-D


9 posted on 03/02/2013 5:49:39 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I’m already too old to die young.


10 posted on 03/02/2013 5:50:18 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Olog-hai

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.


11 posted on 03/02/2013 5:50:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Olog-hai

I am so pessimistic about the next 4 Obama years that I should live to be a hundred easily.


12 posted on 03/02/2013 5:51:09 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Olog-hai

“Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.”

Oscar Wilde


13 posted on 03/02/2013 5:51:30 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: cripplecreek
example

All the Darwin Award winners are optimists

"I can do that, hold muh beer"
14 posted on 03/02/2013 5:52:14 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

“The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.”

J. Robert Oppenheimer


15 posted on 03/02/2013 5:53:25 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Olog-hai

Optimism is the foundation of courage.

- Nicholas Murray Butler.
16 posted on 03/02/2013 5:54:01 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Olog-hai

Great...now I fear that I am going to live forever.


17 posted on 03/02/2013 5:54:40 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

I am optimistic that my pessimism is warranted.


18 posted on 03/02/2013 5:55:23 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

A pessimist is never disappointed.


19 posted on 03/02/2013 5:56:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: cripplecreek
I meant that All the Darwin Award winners were optimists

lol

20 posted on 03/02/2013 5:57:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ClearCase_guy

This explains how my uncle Bruce lived to be almost ninety. He was about as lifeless as anyone ever seen outside of a grave, when he came to visit he would lie on the couch and grumble. He had a voice that made my hero Charlton Heston sound like a sissy, when he whispered the house moved but he missed an opportunity to make millions as an announcer, he spent his working career walking around a towel factory oiling machines. He made Rodney Dangerfield look like the president of the Optimist Club.


21 posted on 03/02/2013 5:57:01 PM PST by RipSawyer
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To: Olog-hai

These kinds of stories are not to be trusted. Truth is more than likely this is all a ruse— a clever socialist plot to sway us to reject medical care and rip up roses and stomp them before anyone smells them instead.


22 posted on 03/02/2013 6:00:04 PM PST by Dysart
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To: RipSawyer

oiled machines in a towel factory?

wow.


23 posted on 03/02/2013 6:03:24 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai
Pessimistic people are happier.
Think about it. Optimistic people are only happy when things go the way they expect.
Ergo - I think it will be good -- it is good, therefore this affirms my disposition; therefore I am happy.
If things go bad, things go against my disposition and I feel bad about myself then I am sad Panda.
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Pessimist -- I think it will be bad -- if it turns out good, I am doubly happy because I did not expect it.
If things go bad, I expected things to go bad and this affirms my disposition and I feel good about myself for being so smart. Winning move for me!


See more on Know Your Meme
24 posted on 03/02/2013 6:10:27 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Olog-hai

If pessimists live longer, then they die older and meaner and lonelier.


25 posted on 03/02/2013 6:12:41 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: Olog-hai
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26 posted on 03/02/2013 6:13:11 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Olog-hai

Finally a scientific esplanation why I’ve suffered so long!


27 posted on 03/02/2013 6:19:39 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: dfwgator
A pessimist is never disappointed.

Oh stop. You're just trying to make me feel better.

28 posted on 03/02/2013 6:22:28 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: 3Fingas

“Pessimistic people are happier.
Think about it. Optimistic people are only happy when things go the way they expect.
Ergo - I think it will be good — it is good, therefore this affirms my disposition; therefore I am happy.
If things go bad, things go against my disposition and I feel bad about”
_______________

Your scenario recalls a scene in “What about Bob,” if I recall correctly. I forget which character but I want to say it was the son.


29 posted on 03/02/2013 6:24:35 PM PST by Dysart
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To: dfwgator

” A pessimist is never disappointed.”

Exactly, which is why they live longer.


30 posted on 03/02/2013 6:28:28 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: 3Fingas

“Don’t expect friends, don’t expect fun, don’t expect a good life, don’t expect anything and if you get something, it’s a bonus.” - Frank Zappa

(Of course Frank only made it to 53, so perhaps the theory isn’t so true)


31 posted on 03/02/2013 6:31:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Gen.Blather
BammyCare is DOOMED!

Those who don't believe in it are now increasing and will now live longer, causing it to collapse.

32 posted on 03/02/2013 6:33:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: dfwgator

Well, I hope to live longer than Frank Zappa, but I am not expecting to. :-D


33 posted on 03/02/2013 6:33:44 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Olog-hai

Bah!! Humbug!!


34 posted on 03/02/2013 6:39:39 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: beethovenfan

"Meh!"

35 posted on 03/02/2013 6:40:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

I bet that further studies will fail to verify this finding!


36 posted on 03/02/2013 6:48:14 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Olog-hai

Boyscout motto will get you far in life.

Be prepared.


37 posted on 03/02/2013 6:49:12 PM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Olog-hai
cause optimists believe help is coming and will starve to death waiting for a handout, pessimists don't and won't...
38 posted on 03/02/2013 6:56:35 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Gen.Blather

>> Awe, cr*p. I’m going to live forever.

Unfortunately.


39 posted on 03/02/2013 6:56:35 PM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Nah, pessimists don’t live longer—it only seems longer to them.


40 posted on 03/02/2013 6:58:11 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

And they’re more willing to die.


41 posted on 03/02/2013 7:09:55 PM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Well, just because you’re an optimist doesn’t mean things don’t suck...


42 posted on 03/02/2013 7:13:15 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Olog-hai

Screw pessimism. If you’re not sick, in jail or dead, and all of your family is still alive and kickin’, then it’s a GOOD day.


43 posted on 03/02/2013 7:14:25 PM PST by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Sigh. I’m probably not pessimistic enough to qualify. I bet I’ll die young. Just my luck.

Aw, what difference does it make? The world is in such a mess, one should envy dead at this point.
44 posted on 03/02/2013 7:37:01 PM PST by Old Yeller
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To: jespasinthru

You just proved my point.

if you expect the worst and you get something a lot better than that, life is grand!


45 posted on 03/02/2013 7:38:54 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Olog-hai
Optimist: The glass is half full.

Pessimist: The glass is half empty.

Real pessimist: The glass isn't merely half empty, but the person who drank the first half probably backwashed.

46 posted on 03/02/2013 8:01:57 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Olog-hai

Time to rethink that 401K catch up contribution.


47 posted on 03/02/2013 8:10:23 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Revolting cat!

48 posted on 03/02/2013 8:59:02 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Olog-hai

Life sucks, then you die.


49 posted on 03/02/2013 11:25:08 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Revolting cat!

“A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.”

A pessimist is a person who has been mugged by optimism.


50 posted on 03/02/2013 11:27:01 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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