Constantly Late? Chances Are You’ll Live Longer

New research suggests people who are chronically late will live longer, more productive lives. Are you among the punctually challenged?

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Do you know someone who shows up late to everything? Are you that person? New research suggests that people who are always late have more going for them than you think…

Think of it this way, people who are always late have interesting time-management skills. They think they can clean their whole house, wash their car, go grocery shopping and make lunch, but still show up on time to the 2 o’clock movie they agreed to meet at. This way of thinking is optimistic, and people who think this way tend to be more relaxed and less stressed.

As we know, stress is terrible for the health and well-being of anyone. More stress means greater risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and more. Naturally, with less stress comes a lower risk for all these things.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School explained, “Research tells us that an optimistic outlook early in life can predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years.”

Optimism can also make you more successful. A study among salesmen found that optimists sold 88 percent more than their pessimistic colleagues.

Another characteristic of chronically late people is perfectionism. Perfectionists tend to stay home until everything that needs to be done is finished, such as finishing up laundry or cleaning the house. Although this trait can be… annoying in a friend, perfectionism tends to be a desirable characteristic in the professional world.

When it comes down to it, chronically late people just don’t have the same internal time-clock as others. According to Travel and Leisure, “A team of scientists put one minute on the clock and asked two different groups of people with Type A (ambitious, driven) or Type B (relaxed, creative) personalities and asked them how much time had passed. Their study revealed that people with Type A personalities guessed that an average of 58 seconds had passed, while those with Type B personalities thought an average of 77 seconds had passed.”

This helps explain a lot, huh Type A’s?

Next time your friend is late – again – just remember, they can’t really help it, and at least they’re healthy and relaxed! Read more about this on Travel and Leisure here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

New research suggests people who are chronically late will live longer, more productive lives. Are you among the punctually challenged?

16% Y – good news for me
84% N – early is on-time
14% Y – good news for me
86% N – early is on-time
22% Y – good news for me
78% N – early is on-time

Y – good news for me

N – early is on-time

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Kelly Traynor is a news writer at Zip Poll USA from sunny Oceanside, California. When Kelly isn’t covering her favorite entertainment and pop culture topics for Zip, she is probably relaxing by the shore as the sun sets with her head buried in the latest mystery novel (and taking pics of the sunset for the gram). Growing up, Kelly loved to write fiction (there’s a treasure trove of short stories buried somewhere in her garage) which is what inspires her to bring a fun, conversational tone to her articles. If you like seeing cat pics, catch her on Instagram or Snapchat.