Happy people less likely to die early

A new study has found that people who are happy and have a positive outlook live longer – and the higher your levels of contentment, the lower your risk of premature death.

The five-year-long study includes 4,000 participants aged 52 to 79-year-olds revealed that those who reported higher levels of contentment had a 35 per cent lower risk of premature death.

The University College of London researchers hope their findings will promote `positive well-being` as a remedy for stress and ill health.

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Participants involved in the study were asked to rate their feelings of happiness or anxiety four times over the course of a day. The number of deaths was then recorded over a five-year period.

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