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Do you want to live longer - take off the "rose-colored glasses"


Not so long ago it was believed that only an optimist withHis belief in a brighter future has more chances to overcome both senile ailments, and other "delights" that come in old age. But statistical studies conducted in various research centers, refute this position.

American Psychological AssociationPublished the results of an analysis of data collected from 1993 to 2003 for three groups of the following age categories: 18 to 39 years, 40 to 64 years and over 65 years. Researchers asked participants to assess how satisfied they are with their lives at the moment and predict their level of satisfaction with their own being in five years. And five years later they were interviewed repeatedly and compared with the forecasts five years ago. In total, over forty thousand people were interviewed.

The results of the older group are 65 years or more,Stunned. 25 percent of respondents indicated their prospects almost exactly, 43 percent underestimated their future, and 32 percent - overestimated. So, among the optimistic old-timers who waited five years for the most joyful life for themselves, 9.5% experienced deterioration in health, and as further observation showed, the risk of dying or becoming disabled in the next decade increased compared to the rest Participants in their age group.

The head of research believes that this is quiteIs understandable, since pessimistic citizens constantly expect from the fate of some trick and are morally ready for anything. They lead a healthier lifestyle than their peers, optimists, pay more attention to safety at work and at home. This can not be disagreed, because pessimism is not a permanent complaint about life, but a skeptical attitude to something. Unjustified hopes can knock young people, too, what can be said about the elderly. And how can one not remember the anecdote about the old Jew who did not brag about questions about his affairs and health, but answered modestly: "Do not wait!".

The researchers also noted that moreThe secured elderly have a higher risk of injury, and as a result, disability. This is also understandable: people with wealth do not want to put up with the years gone by and try to live more actively. Then you and extreme travel, and fitness, and as they say, "gray hair in a beard, a demon in the rib." Which leads to different injuries and unexpected health problems.

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