By Stephanie Eckelkamp
Here are three characteristics that may boost life expectancy:
Your glass is half full.
A study that analyzed 243 elderly people (average age: 97.6) found that most were more optimistic and easygoing than the general population. If your outlook could be sunnier, write down a few things you’re grateful for daily.
You’re everyone’s pal.
Having strong social relationships can raise survival odds by 50%, found researchers from Brigham Young University. Not a social butterfly? Start small: Invite some pals to lunch, or consider starting a book club.
You’re never late.
Conscientiousness (being detail oriented and responsible and always wanting to do a good job) is consistently associated with longevity, says Dr. Hill. Raise your conscientiousness by making (and using) to-do lists.
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