Positive emotions in early life and longevity: findings from the nun study.

  title={Positive emotions in early life and longevity: findings from the nun study.},
  author={Deborah D. Danner and David A. Snowdon and Wallace V. Friesen},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={80 5},
Handwritten autobiographies from 180 Catholic nuns, composed when participants were a mean age of 22 years, were scored for emotional content and related to survival during ages 75 to 95. A strong inverse association was found between positive emotional content in these writings and risk of mortality in late life (p < .001). As the quartile ranking of positive emotion in early life increased, there was a stepwise decrease in risk of mortality resulting in a 2.5-fold difference between the… 

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