Perseverance is probably the key to longevity
Certainly there are no magic recipes that guarantee immortality, but new research suggests that strong-willedness, perseverance and a constant pursuit of something may be the key to longevity.
Researchers at the University of Rome and the University of California, studied 29 people aged 91 to 101 who were found to have worse physical health than their relatives aged 51 to 75 years.
In terms of mental health, however, the older ones – residents of nine villages in Cilento, southern Italy – have found themselves in better shape than their younger relatives, suggesting that the years ahead give a greater sense of well-being.
The researchers also concluded that high self-esteem, a strong sense of control over situations, and decision-making ability were more prominent in the ages.
“People’s love for their land, their property, gives them a purpose, a purpose to live on,” explains study leader Anna Scelzo. “This is my life and I’m not going to give it up” is the basic thinking of older people, she explains.