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The Secret to Longer Life Could be Selflessness

Researchers are challenging the notion that human beings are naturally hard-wired to be selfish. Hard science has begun to show that a capacity to care is wired into human brains and nervous systems. In fact, the most selfless caregivers are rewarded with greater longevity.

Scientists followed a group of older adults caring for family members with dementia and other illnesses. If the study subjects offered care more than 14 hours a week, they were less likely to die over the course of the seven year study period.

Writing in USA Today, Gail Sheehy argues:

“For so long we have repeated the careless aphorism ‘Nice guys finish last’ ... Here is my reinterpretation: Nice guys die last.”

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