Living longer by working longer years, as counter-intuitive as it may sound, is probable. It actually has a 56 percent probability. That means almost 6 out of 10 people that work longer, live longer. And not because we’re saying it, it’s the conclusion of a new Oregon State University study. But is working longer the actual thing that might make us live longer?
Studying the human nature and human behavior has numerous drawbacks giving our phenomenal complex bodies and energy behind it, but this doesn’t prevent us from associating different psychological factors with physiological ones.
To simply put it, there is not one secret recipe to what makes someone live longer, yet we need to generalize because it helps us understand the environment we live in. And isn’t living longer years the point of all this knowledge?
Let’s find out what this study has to say about knowledge and living longer.
Apparently if you retire two years later than those retiring at 65, you will have a 21% lower mortality risk; retiring at 70 or 72 gives you a chance of 44 to 56 percent rate to live longer than those retiring at 65. The study was conducted on 2956 retirees, from 1992 until 2010 – when all the participants had retired.
It is evident that working longer years can provide us many social and economic benefits. But depending on what the type of work you do, the enjoyment you derive from it and most of all, the purpose it gives your life, working longer is directly proportional to your chances of living longer. There are numerous lists of people that lived passed their 100 and had nothing special to them besides a carefree spirit and a curious mind. So surround yourself with negativity, hate your coworkers, hate what you do, stress unceasingly and you will not need to retire at 65. You know what I mean.
This study certainly applies to those stress-free elder citizens who love what they do but think they might be better off retiring to take care of the grandkids. If you’re one of them, don’t do it! Don’t retire! Do part time work, but don’t give up what you love for the love of others.
Aim at living longer by working longer years, because working gives you purpose and goal and it is keeping you alive.
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