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    • Well, besides having money it seems the rich also have a longer and healthier life span.

      Studies involving more than 25,000 adults over the age of 50 show that the wealthy in both England and the USA live longer and with less disability than poor people.

      Education and social class had some influence but not as much as wealth. The other factors just did not matter nearly so much.

      What would cause the disparity? Researchers suggested it was most likely a function of “having access to funds when you have ill health.” Or perhaps the higher stress levels associated with being poor.

      The recommendations are still to exercise and eat a healthy diet to increase longevity but even those two things can be more difficult for poorer people to be able to do.

    • Of course it is indeed true, for many who every day need to wake at 5 AM to leave the house, works all day busy, physically demanding and stressful jobs, while feeding on fast food whenever possible, then make it back late evening for a 9 PM diner which is the main day's meal, crash and repeat. The daily humdrum wasting all the time, is a crucial factor killing joy of life, and consequently ability to pursue healthy living habits.

    • Often I wonder why money is spent on research such as this. Living a low income life I already knew what they discovered.

      Years of stress working long hours to make ends meet and to have a few luxuries or living a minimal life to just make ends meet working a 40 hour week. Tired from long hours of work rarely inspires a person to go home and prepare a healthy meal much less get regular exercise. Shopping for healthy food is another thing that is difficult for low income people. Even a few cents more for a healthy product over one that is not healthy might make a huge difference. In my younger years I ate a lot of Top Ramen, Oatmeal and while working fast food whatever I could eat there.

      My priorities might have been a bit off since I would do these things so I could afford a motorcycle and ride it. Any traveling I did was camping which I enjoy so I'm lucky with that.

      For me I chose to live my life the best I could with what I had. If I gave up fun for living a healthier life it wouldn't have been a life I would have enjoyed. Even though I didn't take care of myself, very well, at 65 I'm still healthy and hope to live many more years enjoying life.

      The money spent on that research could have been used to feed people that aren't eating well, or helping street people find a warm place to sleep.

    • We were driving to the airport and looking for a place to refuel the car. The closer we got to the airport, the more stressed we were getting because everything within 20 miles of the airport looked like industrial parks with no signs for gas stations. Plus, there was the risk that finding the ramp back onto the highway would involve a several miles detour or getting lost.

      Finally, at 10 miles to the airport, we decided to just pay the refueling charge. Suddenly, all the stress went away and we could relax. Paying twenty five bucks for a little over two gallons of gas is ridiculous, but it was an expense we could afford without thinking twice.

      I think someone who is wealthy has those types of “money for time” opportunities on a daily basis.

      There, I’ve completed my study. 😉

    • It turns out the Classic Marshmallow test, which equates willpower with future success, is sheer nonsense. The real deciding factor is economic status.

      Similarly, among kids whose mothers did not have college degrees, those who waited did no better than those who gave in to temptation, once other factors like household income and the child’s home environment at age 3 (evaluated according to a standard research measure that notes, for instance, the number of books that researchers observed in the home and how responsive mothers were to their children in the researchers’ presence) were taken into account. For those kids, self-control alone couldn’t overcome economic and social disadvantages.