Trusting people live longer, claims new study

Researchers say the reason for this connection is simple.

People who are very trusting liver much longer, while those who don't are at risk of early death, a new US study has revealed.

Between 1978 and 2010, researchers studied the attitudes of close to 25,000 Americans from different backgrounds, the Daily Mail reported.

Researchers say the reason for the trust-mortality connection is simple. Trusting people are more social and not so stressed - two factors that promote good health.

"Whether or not you trust other people, including strangers, makes a difference of about 10 months in terms of life expectancy," co-author of the study, Alexander Miething, researcher at Stockholm University, told the Daily Mail.

However, the study also found a decline in the number of people that are trusting in the country and warn it could pose a major public health concern.

Previous research has also found taking vacation can help prolong your life. "Don't think to have an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays. Vacations can be a good way to relieve stress, Professor Timo Strandberg, one of the researchers, is quoted as saying by ANI.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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