Researchers Find Being Immature Now And Then Is One Of The Keys To A Long And Healthy Life
According to new research, the recipe for leading a long and healthy life is maintaining a young mindset, being immature from time to time and regularly enjoying a touch of nostalgia. A recent poll of 2,000 adults found almost three quarters of those surveyed believe forgetting you are an adult every so often is an important key to a healthy existence.
The study commissioned by Healthspan to launch their new range of Multivitality Gummies for men and women found that feeling nostalgic and identifying with those things from our childhood makes us happy.
Dr. Meg Arroll, a psychologist on behalf of Healthspan, said, “Perceiving ourselves as younger than our age is linked to a more future-orientated outlook, which means that we make better health choices such as engaging in exercise and healthy eating.”
Another interesting find is the fact that it is believed that men don’t “mature” fully until the age of 29. Women aren’t far behind though – only acting like a fully-grown adult once they reach the age of 27.
(If you are unsure whether you are actually an adult, here’s a checklist.)
The research also revealed that over half of those polled longed for their childhood and 19- to 25-years-of-age was identified as the “carefree” years of youth.
Watching kid’s films and old TV shows, pulling silly faces behind other people’s backs, and mimicking what other people say are just some of the ways people behave child-like. Other signs of not becoming a fully-fledged adult include blowing bubbles through a straw, driving with the music turned up loud and daydreaming all the time.