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After discovering that longevity is related to moments of satisfaction and happiness experimented over time, researchers at University College London, among other institutions, looked further into the issue. They looked at the impact of enjoying life over a longer period, more continuously.

In the 1960s, the study began to track 9,000 adults who were tested at two-year intervals. First, it found that the death rate was progressively higher in people who experienced fewer occasions of enjoying life. This finding held up even when accounting for other possible factors. Those who reported more frequent experiences of enjoying life had a death rate of 24% lower than others in the study. The researchers concluded that the longer an individual experiences life enjoyment the lower the risk of death.

The study also found that people who care for others, who provide emotional support and help people in some way, also experience longer lives. The study was conducted by a pool of universities, described in this report from the University of Basel and published in Evolution & Human Behavior.

These and other studies coincide with clinical research and observation of peoples’ life paths and experiences over time. That is, the key source of sustained enjoyment in life is having a sense of purpose and engagement – a reason for living. This tends to contribute to greater overall health. And thus, live longer. Click here for the full article.