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Don't worry about it

The New York Times reported last week (in an article also appearing in the IHT (which doesn't require registration)) on the results of a recent study of how people's attitudes toward aging affected their chances of living longer.

The results were striking, the Times reports:

Those who viewed aging as a positive experience lived, on average, 7.5 years longer than those who took a darker view. That is an advantage far greater, the researchers point out, than what can be gained from lowering blood pressure or reducing cholesterol, each of which has been found to lengthen life about four years. It also beats exercise, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, strategies that add one to three years.

So you really might be better off, overall, if you think you're going to live forever — at least as opposed to letting your own mortality get you down. How about that.

And maybe now those smokers that don't get cancer can sue the American Cancer Society (whose advertising, of course, can't possibly improve their morale) for even greater damages?

November 24, 2002 12:39 PM


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