A research report from the Brookings Institute found that rich people live longer than poor people.
Rich men live 12 years longer than poor men and rich women live 10.5 years longer than poor women.
Why? There was no single variable. It was a combination of the following:
- Rich People Work Longer – Poor people work fewer hours and retire at a younger age than rich people. How does this affect longevity? For most retirees, retirement usually means a significant reduction in productivity and a reduction in your associations. Being productive keeps the brain alert. Interacting with others at work is contributes to longevity. When you retire, those interactions drop off or stop altogether. According to Harvard Professor of Public Policy, Lisa Berkman, social isolation is a significant factor in reduced longevity.
- Rich People Exercise More – Rich people exercise more (predominantly cardio exercise) and this improves overall health, reduces obesity rates and increases brain performance and intelligence.
- Rich People Associate With Upbeat People – Poor people surround themselves with other negative people and being around negative people impairs your health. Internal and external negativity produces long-term stress, which impairs your immune system and gives rise to chronic disease. You can’t make money if you are chronically ill. Negative people are unable to find solutions to problems because negativity narrows your focus, creativity and capacity for insight (aha moments), according to the Broaden and Build Study. If you associate with other negative people they infect you with this toxic negativity. Negative people also come with baggage. This baggage often arrives at your doorstep unexpectedly, which distracts you and interferes with your ability to pursue success.