Having a sense of humor can come in handy when dealing with the challenges of aging, but research has found that curiosity is an important trait for longevity, more vital than humor, optimism or faith.
According to research conducted at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain, it was determined that being curious is beneficial for a long life.
The results of interviews with men and women aged 100 to 107 showed that the participants shared 19 characteristics, including honesty, love of learning, gratitude, intelligence, being active and curiosity.
Characteristics of people who lived longer included being cheerful, having religious beliefs, courage and humor. People over the age of 100 have been found to have successful academic and professional careers and are self-taught problem solvers who overcome challenges even if they are uneducated.
Psychologists, whose findings were published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, said of long-living people, “They like to learn, they are curious and they have a good memory.”
Experts who give suggestions to those who want to live long say, “Be curious, learn new cultures, travel and read. Curiosity; It is the desire to know, to travel, to be up to date. Stay intellectually active by finding new areas of knowledge and learning.” he commented.