This study on longevity over eight decades seems to debunk a few beliefs that I've been taught.
Cheery people die sooner [really good news for you Politically Incorrect regulars!]
Having pets doesn't necessarily = a longer life.
Less surprising is that substituting human/human social contact with pet interaction = shorter life. Also not surprising [to me at least] that retiring early can shorten one's life too.
Statistical population was Californians ... not sure how or if the findings correspond to normal people.These conclusions come from a unique study, which followed 1,500 Californians across eight decades. The study is described in a new book, “The Longevity Project.” Study co-author Leslie Martin says that some of the new results surprised both her and her co-author, Howard Friedman.