Relax — you just might live longer

A study to be published in next month’s issue of Psychological Science suggests it is possible to worry oneself into an early death.

Investigators at Purdue University tracked 1,663 men middle-aged and older over a 12-year period.  They found that men who scored above the 50th percentile in neuroticism, and whose neuroticism grew worse by 20 percentile points over the years, were 40% more likely to die during the study period than men whose neuroticism remained stable.

Fortunately for worriers, the study held some good news. Those highly neurotic men who managed to get their worry under control had about the same mortality rate as men who scored high in emotional stability — considered the opposite of neuroticism.

Source:  Los Angeles Times

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