It turns out that in terms of personality traits, persistence is one of the best predictors of health and long life. The study participants characterized as “unconscientious” were more likely to grow up and have poor marriages, smoke and drink more, achieve less education, and be less successful at work. And these risk factors contributed to death at an earlier age.
So it seems that slowing down and taking on less responsibility is not the best course of action for our health. Those who stayed involved in full, meaningful activities for the longest amount of time lived the longest. The findings of the research reflect that in order to achieve greater longevity, we should work hard, live a full life, and stay connected in positive relationships.
So this New Year, instead of just resolving to get more exercise and lose weight, set some goals for your career and your community involvement. And be sure to make time for your friends and family. Such is the richly-paved road to wellness.