Monday, January 08, 2007

Success Secrets - Education = Longevity

Lifelong learning – we know it helps us live fuller lives, improve our finances, upgrade our skills…but who would have guessed education can make you live longer? An article in the New York Times cites new research that more years in school leads to longer life later on. This has been shown to be the case in several countries, and is seemingly more important than race, or even health insurance!

Why? One idea that has emerged is that education inculcates the habits of planning for the future and delaying gratification. The mechanism is not fully known but the evidence is mounting.

There are other important longevity factors mentioned in the articles, including smoking (a major threat to longevity), strong social networks (positive), and a powerful job (also positive).

The entire article is really illuminating.

Tech Tags:

No comments: