Friends know how long you’ll live, study finds
Peer estimates of your personality can predict longevity
January 20, 2015
Young lovers walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true, suggests new research on personality and longevity from Washington University in St. Louis.
“You expect your friends to be inclined to see you in a positive manner, but they
also are keen observers of the personality traits that could send you to an early
grave,” said Joshua Jackson, PhD, assistant professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences.
Published Jan. 12 in an advance online issue of the journal Psychological Science, the study demonstrates that your personality at an early age (20s) can predict how long you will live across 75 years and that close friends are usually better than you at recognizing these traits.
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