Study: Happy Older People Live Longer

Finding and keeping a good attitude could be really beneficial to your health. Researchers from Singapore looked at over 4,400 participants to check out the association between happiness, assessed in 2009, and the subsequent likelihood of dying due to any cause, until December 31st, 2015. They heavily focused on participants ages 60+  living in Singapore. They found 15 percent of happy older people passed away during the course of the study, but 20 percent of unhappy participants passed away. Researcher, Professor Rahul Malhorta, explains, “The findings indicate that even small increments in happiness may be beneficial to older people’s longevity. Therefore individual-level activities as well as government policies and programs that maintain or improve happiness or psychological well-being may contribute to a longer life among older people.”