A new study in England found older people who are happier and enjoy life show slower declines in physical function. Doctors found that active seniors who display greater life enjoyment are less likely to develop impairments in daily activities such as dressing and getting out of bed.
Researchers at the University College London interviewed more than 3-thousand people from age 60 to over one hundred - and followed their lives for 8 years.
They found happy people could walk faster and were less likely to develop problems with everyday physical activities -- such as dressing or getting out of bed.
Professor Andrew Steptoe, who led the study, said, "what we found is that older people who enjoy their lives that have enjoyment in their friends and in their own lives seem to have a slower decline of physical function."