According to new research, there's a strong link between happiness and longevity. Over the course of six years, men and women age 60 and up who reported being happier were less likely to die than those who reported being less happy, even when health and lifestyle habits were taken into account. Scientists define happiness not as pure pleasure but as a sense of satisfaction and meaning. So how do you increase those qualities? Genetics play a role, in that inherited character traits can tilt you toward either contentment or discontent, but research suggests that certain habits and attitudes can make a big difference, too. People who report being happy tend to have meaningful relationships and connections. So spend time with the people you care about, and if you don’t have many connections, reach out and make new ones. Along the same lines, giving to others, whether that means giving your money, your time, or lending an ear to someone who needs it, fuels happiness.
Source: Happy older people live longer
“Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life.” Jeanne Calment