Being Organized: It Helps You Live Longer

Being Organized: It Helps You Live Longer

Beth Zeigler
Oct 31, 2008

103108scrabble-02.jpgWe always knew being organized left us a little more stress free than our unorganized friends. Lost checks, lost keys, lost sunglasses--searching for items leaves you frustrated and tired. Which apparently adds up to a a shorter life. We were turned onto a study yesterday from researchers in Riverside, CA that claim being organized can add two to four years onto your life...

Being creative with organizing is one way to make it fun and interesting (and you can get the whole family on board).
[Images from Deep Fried Kudzu]

U.C. Riverside Psychology Professor, Howard Friedman led the study which claims people who are responsible, organized, and competent tend to live two to four years longer. He talked with KPCC's Shirley Jahad about the qualities of being conscientious that he says lead to a longer life. He mentions that conscientious individuals;

  • Have better health habits
  • Do less risk-taking
  • Travel life pathways toward healthier psychosocial environments
  • Keep more stable jobs and marriages
  • Keep order in their lives (organized, efficient, discipline)
  • Are achievement oriented

The good news is that Friedman says individuals can become more conscientious "as [we] enter responsible relationships, careers and associations. Here is the full length article and this is the audio version on the KPCC website.

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