“People who live to be 100 years old tend to be naturally cheerful and sociable with a positive attitude to life.” [ Longevity Genes Project] They consider laughter an important part of life and have a large social network. They express emotions openly rather than bottling them up, have lower ‘neurotic personality’ scores, and are more conscientious.
Being happy or being sad is a matter of choice. Each of us chooses our attitude. When we focus on the happy things that are going on in our lives, we maintain a joyful frame of mind, we love life and want to go on living. When we focus on the negative things in our lives, we maintain an unhappy mental state, hate life, and we do not even care if we live or not.
Both happy and unhappy things are always happening around us. Which ones we think about is our choice. We have the right, and the ability to be happy. It is a matter of freewill. We are not our thoughts, but we live in the world that we think about. That is why it is called dwelling on those things.
The study did not prove that happiness causes longevity. It could be that we are going to die on the date that our genes dictate whether or not we are happy. But, so what? If we choose to be happy, we will have a better life no matter how long we live.
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