Do happy people tend to live longer?

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  1. Ruchira profile image73
    Ruchiraposted 13 years ago

    Do happy people tend to live longer?

  2. LeisureLife profile image69
    LeisureLifeposted 13 years ago

    I believe a read about this somewhere recently...but I don't have a link or anything.  The study showed that people who are generally more happy than others/have a positive outlook on life do infact live longer lives. Interesting topic

  3. ExplodingPopTart profile image60
    ExplodingPopTartposted 13 years ago

    Yes, it has been scientifically proven. Happier people tend to have less health problems as well.

  4. profile image0
    AMBASSADOR BUTLERposted 13 years ago

    Yes, and I will be living to the ripe age of 120 plus years on the earth.

  5. Joan1 profile image60
    Joan1posted 13 years ago

    Apparantly they do.
    Happy and positive people have far less heart problems and have more chance of survival when sick.

    Of course being happy and positive doesn't guarantee a longer life. But it will make the life that you do have so much more worthwhile.

  6. commonc profile image60
    commoncposted 13 years ago

    I believe stress has been proven to shorten your life span so therefore, if you are happy you are probably not stressed by default so I would say yes. Happy people tend to live longer smile

  7. Niki Hampton profile image60
    Niki Hamptonposted 13 years ago

    Absolutely. In a physical sense happiness releases better endorphins and minimizes the risk for mental health disorders, excess weight and chronic pain. On a mental level, the more you enjoy life the more you want to get out there and live it. Staying active is the key to staying young.

  8. stuff4you profile image57
    stuff4youposted 13 years ago

    there is a mind-body connection. The brain is connected to organs which are connected to other organs.

    stress on the body makes can make you less happy.

    street on the brain can affect other parts of you too, making you age faster in some ways or more.

  9. Docmo profile image91
    Docmoposted 13 years ago

    I truly believe this as I have seen plenty of evidence in my own practice. A positive outlook enhances recovery, reduces disease, makes us do decisive interventions and take control of our destiny, improves our immune system and makes us seek help assertively. Even if strong scientific evidence isn't yet forthcoming, isn't it better to be happy and positive in this relatively short stay on earth ( when compared to the eons earth has existed) than being  cynical and negative?

  10. edhan profile image36
    edhanposted 13 years ago

    Yes. Why you may asked?

    Personally to me, it is that when you are happy, your body will react to it and function properly. Being happy means you will have no worries as it will not affect your body functions as people who are sad or not happy will indulge themselves with food, wine or alcohol, etc. This will be bad for their bodies and in a way, cut short their lives.

    I have heard people in Japan who are living in a carefree lives, are living in their old ages.

    Lastly, being happy and having no worries can make you free from sickness or diseases. So, let's be happy!

  11. kafsoa profile image63
    kafsoaposted 13 years ago

    Happy people are friendly and tolerant.  They do not hold grudges in their hearts, so they are far from high blood pressure, heart diseases and diseases of the nervous system. They do not show symptoms of aging. More importantly, they have the people's love for them, which always gives them hope and desire in life.
    A smile on your face, won't cost you, but delivers happiness to every body around you smile

  12. 1lovejojo profile image60
    1lovejojoposted 13 years ago

    Yes if it's nonstress,but if you mean by stress then no

  13. glorgeousmom profile image78
    glorgeousmomposted 13 years ago

    Definitely. Happy people have longer life span than those who are worrisome.

  14. meantforsea profile image61
    meantforseaposted 13 years ago

    I think they do. If smiling has positive effects on the body, I imagine that being happy has positive effects on your life.

  15. sharing the sky profile image70
    sharing the skyposted 13 years ago

    I think there is some truth to this.

    On the scientific front, there has been research that demonstrates the mind-body connection and how the state of one influences the other.

    On the anecdotal front, we all know how our mood can sour if we're not feeling physically well or if we're very depressed, our energy is sapped and our body starts to suffer. On a bit of of a related limb here, this brings some extra meaning to the term "dying of a broken heart".

    This is a good question.

  16. skisy profile image84
    skisyposted 13 years ago

    That or people who live longer are happier...

    It is difficult to establish causality in this case. Though as mentioned, stress can increase a person's chances of a shortened life span. As extreme negative stress can have effects on a person's health, and supposedly increases the likelihood of suffering form problems such as heart disease, hyperthyroidism, depression and more.

    But remember don't get stressed about it...cos that would sort of defy the point now, wouldn't it!

    Wishing happiness to you all! smile

  17. profile image61
    bhsourceposted 13 years ago

    Not just happy people but busy people as well. The less time you have to think about your problems the longer you will live.

  18. AllensPlace11 profile image60
    AllensPlace11posted 13 years ago

    I believe happy people do tend to live longer.  However, I believe it also depends on what is behind the scene making them happy. It could be something like drugs and in that case it wouldn't help them live longer.  Then it could be a positive person who has great family and friends and lives a wholesome life and in that case, I would believe they would live longer.  Several variables there.

  19. biman_r profile image67
    biman_rposted 13 years ago

    No necessarily sometimes the opposite also happens. Although when you are happy your health is going to be good and thus will have a better chance to live longer.

  20. vrint profile image50
    vrintposted 13 years ago

    I agree with Docmo that happy people tend to look life in a positive.This positive energy strenghens there immune system which has a direct link to your life span.The same thing is iterated by award winning author 'Tony Buzon'.

  21. carolp profile image79
    carolpposted 13 years ago

    yes...happy...inspired...motivated...healthy...if you are also laugh...laughing is the best medicine...and keeps you young.

  22. iamsuper profile image60
    iamsuperposted 13 years ago

    Yes, they are. but in my opinion, the hardest question to answer is: how to make us feel happy :-))

  23. ravenlt04 profile image61
    ravenlt04posted 13 years ago

    Definitely!  There are many statistics about it, about happy married people living longer, for instance.  Stress is a killer!

  24. Debola Odukoya profile image59
    Debola Odukoyaposted 13 years ago

    I believe so. Medically given: a happier person stresses less because being happy implies that less number of body muscles are engaged (less tension). A prolonged state of such status should logically imply improved life expectancy.

  25. TheSloneGal profile image61
    TheSloneGalposted 13 years ago

    I believe they do on average but if you get hit by a bus it doesnt really matter how happy you were. Nut yeah I think happy people tend to be less stressed out (not always but most of the time) so they live longer

  26. profile image0
    Rob Bellposted 13 years ago

    Generally, yes.

    When you are happy you are less stressed and stress kills.

  27. smcopywrite profile image61
    smcopywriteposted 13 years ago

    study after study does find this statement true. however, define "happy". are these people that are content? live less stressful lives? have what they want or what they need and dont want more? are they selfish? forever giving?
    i suppose i would want to know the definition of the word happy for these people and why they are happy.


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