Happiness linked to longer life

A new study suggests that happiness in older people may lead to a longer life.

Story highlights

  • Older people are up to 35% less likely to die if they report feeling happy, study finds
  • Absence of happiness may be more important than presence of negative emotions
  • Regions of brain involved in happiness are also involved in blood-vessel function

Being happy doesn't just improve the quality of your life. According to a new study, it may increase the quantity of your life as well.

Older people were up to 35% less likely to die during the five-year study if they reported feeling happy, excited, and content on a typical day. And this was true even though the researchers took factors