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Last week The Daily Weekly's shining face, Ellis Conklin, busted out a few words on a 10-year study that found pessimists - by in large

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Comment of the Day: Pessimists Are More Cautious, But I Doubt They're Happier

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Last week The Daily Weekly's shining face, Ellis Conklin, busted out a few words on a 10-year study that found pessimists - by in large - live longer than glass-half-full types. Naturally, the news made the Seattle Weekly newsroom ecstatic ... at least momentarily. And it also seemed to strike a cord with readers.

As the post noted:

Grumpy old men, rejoice. Optimistic older people had a 10 percent higher mortality risk than those who had a grimmer outlook on life.

Frieder R. Lang, lead author of the study (published by the American Psychological Society) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, said: "Our findings revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade.

"Pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions."

And here's a shocker: "Unexpectedly, we also found that stable and good health and income were associated with expecting a greater decline compared with those in poor health or with low incomes.

"Moreover, we found that higher income was related to a greater risk of disability.

To which commenter Trisha Gaddis Ulich responds:

That is probably because they are more cautious, and weigh the consequences of stuff better. I bet they are not happier!!

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