There was one thing and one thing alone that predicted how long they would live.
And that was positive feelings.
What they did, the researchers, was looking at the biographical sketches
now they had no idea who these women were, so it was a completely blind study — double blind.
And they looked, they categorized the writings into four categories: the most positive, the least positive and two categories in between.
And then they compared the most positive quartile to the least positive quartile.
And here are the results that they found.
Let me give you a sample though before so that you get a sense of what a positive sample is and what a less positive sample is.
So here is Cecilia O'Payne from the positive quartile: "God started my life off well by bestowing upon me grace of inestimable value.
The past year which I spent as a candidate studying at Notre Dame has been a very happy one.
Now I look forward with eager joy to receiving the Holy Habit of Our Lady and to a life of union with Love Divine.
Happy. Joy. Love. This is a positive person.
Now here is someone from the least positive quartile. As you'll see, this is not someone who is particularly negative,
but not a person who focuses on positive, on joy, on happiness.