Skip to comments.Study: Pessimists live longer, healthier lives
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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Sigh. I’m probably not pessimistic enough to qualify. I bet I’ll die young. Just my luck.
The masochist said to the sadist “Hit me!”
The sadist did nothing.
The masochist said “Do it again!”
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.
Awe, cr*p. I’m going to live forever.
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.
Wow - I’m set for a couple hundred more years.....
I don’t believe that.
I don’t think is going to end well. :-D
I’m already too old to die young.
A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
I am so pessimistic about the next 4 Obama years that I should live to be a hundred easily.
“Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.”
“The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Great...now I fear that I am going to live forever.
I am optimistic that my pessimism is warranted.
A pessimist is never disappointed.
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