According to a new study, people who are more conscientious and less neurotic tend to live longer.
The study, which was published in the journal Nature, looked at over 1.5 million people in the United Kingdom and found that those who were more conscientious – meaning they were more likely to plan ahead and be organised – lived an average of two years longer than those who were less conscientious.
Neuroticism, on the other hand, was found to be associated with a shorter life span. The study found that people who were more neurotic – meaning they were more likely to be anxious and stressed – lived an average of 18 months less than those who were less neurotic.
Interestingly, the study also found that the effects of conscientiousness and neuroticism on life span were independent of each other. This means that being high in one trait (conscientiousness) does not offset the negative effects of being high in the other trait (neuroticism).
So what does this all mean?
Basically, the study found that if you want to live a long and healthy life, it’s important to be conscientious and to try to keep your stress levels under control.
Of course, this is just one study and it’s always possible that other factors could be at play. But it’s definitely food for thought – and it may be worth making an effort to be a little more organised and a little less stressed in your day-to-day life.