People who think they are still young despite their old age will have better chances of living longer than those who feel their age. According to research, people who give little thought to their age have a lower death incidence compared to those who are burdened by their old age.
The research examined the data taken from 6, 489 individuals whose age base was 64.8 years old. Most of these individuals felt at least 3 years younger their actual age. Around 4.8 percent felt much older than their exact age.
After 8 years, the researchers from the University College London made a follow up on the same individuals, and their findings were the following: a mere 14% of those who believed themselves younger than their real age died. On the other hand, 24% of those who thought they were older than their age or who felt weighed down by their age also died. Still, about 18% who acknowledge their real age died in the same time frame.
This report is published in AMA Internal Medicine online.
The research team wanted to explore what made this group different and separate from the others. “Possibilities include a broader set of health behaviors than we measured (such as maintaining a healthy weight and adherence to medical advice), and greater resilience, sense of mastery and will to live among those who feel younger than their age,” the research explained. “Self-perceived age has the potential to change, so interventions may be possible. Individuals who feel older than their actual age could be targeted with health messages promoting positive health behaviors and attitudes toward aging.”
If you’re happy, you are better off than others. Don’t let your age get to you.
“Research is showing us that personality can so be tied to your destiny,” Bergquist said.
She finished by saying, “Aging well can certainly become a self-fulfilling prophecy,”