This article shows the people who have even tempers and outgoing personality live longevity with good health. In April 2009, the team led by Thomas Perls, a director of New England Centenarian Study, began researches on the personality traits of 246 offspring of centenarians. Based on the ‘NEO-Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI) questionnaire,’ they attempted to find out whether they have ‘neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.’ As a result, there were big differences of personality traits between men and women; however, both had less nervous and high outgoing personalities, which help to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.
In August 2009, Daniel K. Mroczek, a professor of child development and family studies at Purdue University proved that one’s personality affects the health. He researched through 1,788 health data from 1975 to 2005; According to his study, a natural born worriers, short-tempered, or melancholiacs had much shorter lifespan, due to the fact they smoke, drink, and take drugs more than relaxed people since they need to handle their emotions.
In addition, it was recently proved that stresses, such as physical stress and emotional stress, arouses disease. Tian Xu, the leader of the Yale team recently announced that they discovered the stress develops tumors and it leads to the development of cancer. I also have seen a person who had neurotic personality. She was a person who worried too much about her children’s’ future, even though they were all grown-ups. She devoted her whole life to taking care of her family. As the increases of her concerns, she suffered from frequent stomachache; soon, she died of stomach cancer.
Professor Perls also mentions that people who have outgoing personalities easily make friends and take care of themselves very well; therefore, it highly benefits for senescent people. Also, he said that it is necessary to actively live, since the genes are passed from parents to children.