- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 2:10PM
Would you call yourself stubborn?
If you answered yes, we have good news for you!
Not only do you have a better work ethic but you’ll also live longer.
According to new research folks who live to 100 tend to be stubborn, resilient, adaptable, and positive.
The study - which surveyed 29 participants who lived in remote villages in southern Italy - also found that 90 to 100-year-olds have a strong work ethic and close bonds to their family, religion, and country.
Furthermore, while having worse physical health, the 90 to 100-year-olds had improved mental well-being when compared to their younger family members.
"There have been a number of studies on very old adults, but they have mostly focused on genetics rather than their mental health or personalities," said Dilip V. Jeste, co-author of the study.
"The main themes that emerged from our study, and appear to be the unique features associated with better mental health of this rural population, were positivity, work ethic, stubbornness and a strong bond with family, religion and land."
“We found that this group tended to be domineering, stubborn and needed a sense of control. Which can be a desirable trait as they are true to their convictions and care less about what others think.”