Want to live more? Then start to feel younger. Be happy, cooperate and mix with people or go even on volunteering. All these activities are sure to prolong your lifespan as recent study conducted in the University College London (UCL) shows that feeling younger makes you younger in reality and actually lets you live longer. Don’t be surprised; feel younger instead, then buy yourself a LV bag to improve your style and mood.
The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging in the United States and a consortium of UK government departments coordinated by the Office for National Statistics. The researchers were supported by UCL, the International Longevity Centre UK and the British Heart Foundation.
The study took under consideration 6500 people, all in their 50s, and asked them how old they actually felt. After that they kept them on follow up for over 99 months to notice and mark the dead participants. After the follow up period they found out that almost a quarter of the participants who felt older than they actually were died within eight year of facing the questionnaire. On the other hand only 14 percent were found to be dead among them who reported feeling younger than they actually were. Even if the researchers consider other factors like mental and physical health then even the result remains then same. And the final verdict the research offers is that feeling older than your actual age can be associated with a 41% increase in risk of death relative to those who felt younger.
From these the researches and medical experts can very well draw safe assumptions that keeping patients of relatively old age happy can ultimately go on to increasing their valuable life time. Because the psychological causes behind feeling older than the actual age is a predominantly unhappy condition of the person in consideration. As more happiness is there the person will be more active both mentally and physically which naturally will make him feel younger than s/he is.
Though in order to estimate the actual impact of being happy and feeling younger is yet to be measured up in any randomized controlled trial this UCL study is more than enough to point out the fact pretty clearly and makes it imperative that further research on the ways to make people feel younger be conducted with considerable importance where making people feel younger is likely to involve social, physical and mental activities.
However there are some potential confounders associated with the study that could have somehow affected the research. Like other health issues that may have been responsible for some of the death during the follow up period. But the confounders like that would only have been able to decrease the percentage a bit leaving the main message intact.
Apart from the scientific research it is also a somewhat generally acknowledged theme of antiquity that feeling younger at heart and feeling happy within is very likely to bring longer lifespan along with more happiness in life. So through away the thoughts of mortality and just start to feel a young and happy existence.