People Who Are Late Tend to Live Longer – According to Science

People who are frequently late tend to live longer – says a range of research studies.

Although being late is admittedly a bad habit which can rightfully annoy others, it’s interesting to read research which states that being late has a range of traits which can prolong life.

How’s that?

Studies report that people who are late tend to…

  • feel less stressed
  • don’t drive themselves crazy with deadlines
  • are less rigid and typically far more relaxed

These particular traits can help …

  • reduce blood pressure
  • reduce risk of heart disease
  • reduce risk of stroke
  • reduce chances of depression,
  • improve cardiovascular health
  • increase the odds of extending your life on this planet

Plus the trait of running late implies …

  • a happy sense of optimism

After all, people who are late are optimistic about what they can get done in a limited amount of time. They truly believe it’s possible to take a shower, blow dry their hair, grab a quick Frappucino, and still make it on time to meet you at 1 pm for lunch.

A spread from Karen Salmansohn’s book “Friends Forever Whatever Whenever”

Harvard Medical School researchers say …

Optimism helps people cope with disease and recover from surgery.”


“Even more impressive is the impact of a positive outlook on overall health and longevity. Research tells us that an optimistic outlook early in life can predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years.”

Plus, frequently people are late because they’re caught up in an activity which makes them lose track of time.

They are in “flow.”

Researchers believe this trait is also good for longevity because….

  • Studies report that being passionate about an activity and enjoying the state of “flow” can bring greater happiness which leads to greater health.

In summary…

  • If you tend to run late – be happy to know that this trait can help you to be healthier and happier. But don’t use this research as an excuse to be impolite! Be reasonable about your lateness. Plus always text ahead you’re running behind!
  • If you know someone who runs late – recognize that there are some positive benefits associated with this admittedly annoying habit. Try not to stress out about their lateness – because after all, as mentioned above, stress can be bad for your health!

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