People who don´t think life is worth living are 50 percent more likely to die from any cause, reserarch from Japan shows. The increased death risk was mainly due to cardiovascular disease and external causes – most commonly, suicide. The research by Dr. Toshimasa Sone and colleagues from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Sendai concerns how “ikigai”, or “joy and a sense of well-being from being alive”, affect mortality risk. The investigators looked at 43,391 men and women 40 to 79 years old who were followed for seven years. Those who didn´t have a sense of ikigai were less likely to be married or employed, and were also less educated, in worse health, more mentally stressed, and in more bodily pain.

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