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Being positive in life increases human lifespan by 7.5 years

People with a positive outlook in life live an average of 7.5 years longer than others who are negative and not willing to learn new things, according to a study published by Yale University that observed 660 people aged 50 or older for 23 years.

Longevity is not only based on health or wealth, but on a person’s take on life and the world, said by doctor Chen Chih-kuang of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Department of Rehabilitation.

Telomeres are linked to aging and cancer when are not functioning properly. The studies show that pressure, severe depression and other negative psychological states increase the rate of telomeres shortening.

“Anger affects the liver; joy the heart; thought the spleen; worry the lungs and fear the kidney,” shared by the doctor which he cited from the Huangdi Neijing, a fundamental text in Chinese medicine.

To have better health, people must maintain an equilibrium of emotions. Maintaining a positive outlook helps deter the effects of aging, added by the doctor.


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