Pessimists may have a happier future
Looking on the sunny side of life may result in an early than expected death. Researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany found that people who predicted unhappy futures were more likely to live long, healthy and financially stable lives.
The study analyzed the results of a 10-year survey of tens of thousands of Germans on how satisfied they currently were with their lives and how satisfied they thought they would be in five years.
According to the results, 43 percent of respondents underestimated their future satisfaction, 32 percent overestimated it, and 25 percent accurately predicted their future satisfaction. For each degree that a person overestimated their future satisfaction, their risk of disability increased by 9.5 percent and their chance of dying within five years increased 10 percent.
But those who thought their future would hold years of unhappiness tended to be in better health, and were happier and more financially stable than their optimistic counterparts.
There are a number of studies that contradict these findings, however, and more research is needed to solidify any link between pessimism and a healthier future.