Why You Should Lie To Yourself About Your Age

You likely know somebody who is perpetually 39, and it turns out that’s not just denial, it’s actually helping that person feel younger. University of Virginia researchers found once we pass age 25, we start to think of ourselves as younger than we actually are. Medical Xpress reports that this discrepancy grows as we get older. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They note, “It turns out that this phenomenon may have rather important implications. […] People with a younger subjective age are less likely to suffer from diabetes, hypertension, depression, cognitive impairment and dementia.” Another study found those who thought they were younger than their actual age had a lower death rate than those who felt their own age or older.