Nurture these qualities if you want to lead a long, healthy life

Being positive, stubborn and having a good work ethic can help you live a longer life, says a new study from Italy.

Researchers looked at the mental and physical health levels of a group of Italians between the ages of 90 and 101 years and found that there were many common psychological qualities.

Joint study by scientists from University of California & University of Rome

For comparison purposes, they also conducted the same tests on the younger relatives of the participants. It found that a lot of the elderly participants shared stubborn personality traits. These are found to be psychologically beneficial because these people care less about what others think of them.

Mental & physical health assessed through a series of interviews

Another common quality between the elderly participants was a love for village life. So the overall qualities are positive attitude, work ethic, stubbornness and strong ties to the family, religion and land.

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