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How Long Will You Live? Your Friends May Know!


What we may have already suspected turns out to be true. Our friends know us better than we think!

Easy Health Options reported a long running study (80 years!) at Washington University, that now says the way our closest friends see our actions and our personality is one of the most accurate ways to calculate how long we will live!

Details of the study

The study revolves around the principle that your personality and your behavior, which firms up in your twenties, is a good indicator of what your survival chances are in the next 75 years.

They say men who are responsible and open to others tend to live longer. Women who are agreeable and emotionally grounded tend to live longer too.

According to the study, friends often have very good insight into our lives, and their observations can be pooled to create an accurate ‘big’ picture of who we are right now. We may still feel our own self assessments are the best, but researchers say we can be biased and friends may see something that we miss.

Picture how this could work for you

Could your close friends not only supply comfort and advice, but also be a mirror of your current actions and your personality that could help predict your future?

I have a trio of friends who meet often for lunch and dinner, and I can see how this would work. We all talk about what is going on in our lives, good and bad, and we are all very tactful. But when asked, each of us will give honest opinions on how things look to them. They may notice little things, if we are talking faster, seem distracted, or appear to be nervous, happy, unhappy, etc.

If I wanted to tap their power to accurately see me to predict where I am headed in the future, I could. They could be my ‘board of directors for longevity’ and each could and would supply a concise take on what they see in me.

Since we often meet as a group, it might be better to try this with your friends one on one. But the basic feedback could be invaluable.

This could be a reading from our friends on how responsible, open, agreeable and emotionally grounded we are.

If their readings raised questions, we could make self corrections, see our doctor or a counselor, or choose other steps to stay on course, centered and strong.

The caution might be the possibility of hurt feelings, misunderstandings or personal clashes that might arise. With truly close friends that we trust it could be very helpful, but if it heads in another direction, then it might not be a good option for you and your friends.

If you think about it, this study makes a lot of sense. We do observe close friends more carefully than we do others, and often we spot problems or notice changes as they emerge. We spot little things, their quickness, their walk, their movements. When they change they quickly raise flags.

According to the study researchers, this is one of the longest studies in psychology and it shows how important personality is in our health and our longevity.

I think we all should watch for more research and health conclusions that might come from this study.
Meanwhile, we might be tempted to take the idea out for a drive.

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