Faith and spirituality were cited most often by people over the age of 100 as the source of their longevity, according to a survey sponsored by a unit of UnitedHealth Group.
In a survey of 100 people between the ages of 100 and 104, 23 percent said faith rather than genes and good medical care were responsible for their long life.
Other factors given included hard work, a healthy diet and "living a good, clean life."
[SOURCE: Reuters, 10 Aug 2006 ]
Thirty percent (30%) of centenarians surveyed said having a family is their "most sarisfying achievement," and this finding seems to be validated by another report concerning the association of being married and living longer:
Those who had never married were at greater risk than those who were separated or divorced. Indeed, the risks of being never married, in terms of odds, rival the risks of having increased blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Never-marrieds were 58 percent more likely to have died than peers who were married and living with their spouse in 1989.
Those who had been widowed were almost 40 percent more likely to die, and those who had been divorced or separated were 27 percent more likely to die.
[SOURCE: BBC News, 10 Aug 2006 ]
Loneliness shortens your life? What do you think?