Despite the many health threats that could possibly shorten a person’s life, centenarians still manage to live a hundred or more years. How did they do it when life expectancy is now at only 70 years old?
According to a study done on at least 200 centenarians, a positive attitude has something to do with their age and not their genetic makeup whatsoever. These people are said to have lived a full life.
The study involved a questionnaire designed to screen the personality of these centenarians. It was found out that majority of these people have an upbeat personality, relaxed, outgoing and friendly.
Dr. Thomas Perls, director of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University Medical Center, said the findings confirm several observations he and his colleagues have made in the past.
For example, Perls’ own team’s look at personality traits typically found among the children of centenarians suggested that “those who are high in neuroticism tend to dwell on things and internalize their stress rather than let it go,” he noted. “This can translate into increased risk for cardiovascular disease. High extroversion may lead to a better ability to establish social support networks — which is very good for older people — and to be cognitively engaged.”
“[So] these studies show people that they should do what they can to manage their stress better so that it doesn’t manage them,” Perls added. “People usually know what activities help them relieve stress. Like physical exercise, yoga, tai chi, laughing a lot, reading or art activities. And, of course, enough sleep. It is just a matter of setting aside the time and energy to do these things.”