A Strong Sense of Control Prolongs Life

psychpost | 2/10/2014 06:00:00 PM
Higher sense of control can increases chances of survival. [photo source]
I recently read an interesting study that found a link between the level of control in one's own life and longevity. The study found that participants who have a higher sense of control in their lives have a decreased mortality risk of 13%.

To measure their sense of control, participants were asked to report how much they agree with statements like "What happens in my life is beyond my control" and “I can do just about anything I really set my mind to." This data was collected from a national survey in the United States from 1995-1996 and later compared to the National Death Index.

One possible explanation for this effect is that feeling in control can act as a resilience factor, changing the way an individual perceives obstacles. A person who feels more in control of their life may act more proactively when faced with problems, helping them make better life and health choices.

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