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Sunday, March 22, 2009
As a note on our previous post on "Optimism in the American news", here's a not so-surprising study : optimists live longer, healthier lives than pessimists.
It makes sense as optimists are also less likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes or smoke cigarettes but of course there's more to the secret of long healthy life. Indeed, the French live longer and healthier than the Americans... so pessimism may not be so bad after all.
I also suspect that the French like the idea they're pessimistic and cynical because that's the way to be cool in France, but really they aren't.
But, shush.... don't tell them or they might take offense!