Love life and it will love you back, a new study says.
A British study found that older adults who enjoy life also enjoy better physical abilities as they age. Researchers at University College London spent eight years following nearly 3,200 men and women aged 60 and over in England to monitor their physical function and assess their enjoyment of life. Participants were asked to assess their contentment, by rating their agreement with the following statements, on a four-point scale:
- I enjoy the things that I do.
- I enjoy being in the company of others.
- On balance, I look back on my life with a sense of happiness.
- I feel full of energy these days.
The researchers also interviewed the subjects to find out if they had any physical impairments when performing simple daily activities like getting dressed and also measure their walking speed.