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5 Traits of People Who Live Long & Happy Lives

5 Traits of People Who Live Long & Happy Lives

5 Traits of People Who Live Long & Happy Lives

We spend most of our lives working hard, building a wonderful life for ourselves and our families, then one day we plan to retire and live long and happy lives.

But, in our society, growing old is usually associated with becoming sick, feeble, and senile. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are growing rapidly in our society, with nearly 1 in 3 seniors now dying from these mind-killing diseases.

Growing old doesn’t have to be this way though! Research, such as that done in the Okinawa study, suggests that there’s no reason why most of us can’t live at least 100 healthy years. It’s not just about how many years you live though. It’s also about your quality of life.

Research also suggests that our mental and emotional health might play a role in our ability to live long, happy lives as well. One study from the American Psychological Association found that certain personality traits were found in people who lived longest and healthiest lives.

This study lasted 75 years consisted of 300 couples who joined the study in their 20s. The participants chose a few friends to rate their personalities using a 36-question scale. The researchers then evaluated the data to see which personality traits were most common in those who were living the longest.


Here are the five key traits that were discovered for Living Long and Happy Lives:

1. Friendliness
Friendliness was the second highest character quality associated with women in this study.
Another recent study published in Aging evaluated 240 people between the ages of 95 and 100. They found that all of them rated highly on how easygoing they were.

2. Meticulousness
People who were thorough and efficient in their thought process and actions tended to live longer.

3. Emotional stability
Being emotionally stable was one of the strongest links to living a long, healthy life. Get off the drama train!

4. Open-Mindedness
Participants who took time to listen to others’ ideas and understand their feelings were found to live a longer life span.

5. Emotional expression
Similar research also shows that people who lived into their 90s and 100s were more likely to be able to easily and openly express their emotions.
How many of these traits do you have? Notice that all of these traits are centered around one common denominator: mindfulness.
Mindfulness will help bring out these traits found in the people who tend to live the longest.

Slow down and enjoy life. There will be more of it to enjoy!  Was this article helpful to you?  Let me know in the comments.

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