A new research has come up with findings that aged people tend to have better physical function in daily activities if they have enjoyed higher levels of well-being in their adult age in comparison to their counterparts. The study, which has been published in Canadian Medical Association Journal, states that enjoying life even helps in maintaining faster walking speeds in old age people. The research has reaffirmed the general viewpoint of happiness leading to better health.
Researchers found link between positive attitude, happy living environment and physical well-being among older people, after analyzing lifestyle of 3199 men and women having age 60 years or above in England.
They rated the enjoyment of people on the basis of four-point scale. They found that those people who had higher socioeconomic status and education showed higher levels of well-being in their older age. On the contrary, people who had been through chronic illnesses witnessed lower level of enjoyment as they get old.
Older people who enjoyed better life in their adult age tend to have slower decline in their physical functional activities like dressing or getting in or out of bed, said Dr. Andrew Steptoe.
In terms of statistical figures revealed, people who enjoyed lower levels of well-being are three times more likely to suffer through daily physical problems in their latter age.
Steptoe concluded: “Efforts to enhance well-being at older ages may have benefits to society and health care systems”. Surely, happiness leads to good health.
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