Time obviously affects our age, but how we feel about our age can make a difference between just getting old and aging gracefully.
JAMA Internal Medicine online recently published a study that looked
at data from 6,489 people with an average age of 65.8 years who
reported that they felt a little less than 10 years younger. Most
said they felt about three years younger and 4.8%, felt at least a
year older than their actual age.
During the next eight years, scientists found just over 14% of those
who felt younger than their years had died, while more than 24% of
the people who reported feeling older or feeling their age died.
The study concluded that self-perceived age has the potential to
change us. This and other research shows that personality can affect
our destiny. New research into the link between personality and
aging finds that there are two main traits that seem to help people
live longer: conscientiousness and optimism. Happiness and a
positive attitude can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. These
results certainly make me happy.