Cynicism may lead to Dementia

Listen here, ya cynical bastard.

Always look on the bright side of life. If you don’t, you’re actually more like to suffer from dementia in the later years in your life…and that would suck.

Researchers from the University of Easter Finland discovered that people who are more cynical have a higher risk of developing dementia than people who see the glass as half full. The study involved researchers asking 622 people, aged 65 to 79, to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire determined how cynical each person was. The subjects were then given two dementia tests over the span of eight years.

The study found that participants that answered questions such as “It is safer to trust nobody” and “I think most people would lie to get ahead” were three times more likely to develop dementia than those who did not.

Hilary Tindle, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh has also suggested that “If you are someone who is walking around with those notions in mind, you are living a very different life from someone who isn’t. You are going to behave differently. You may lean on smoking and other substances more, you may become depressed easier or you may push people away – all of which can raise your risk for dementia.”

So be optimistic, goddamnit.


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