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People Who Are Always Late Are More Successful And Live Longer, Says Science

The first name that popped in your head – your best friend, or a coworker or someone who is just not there on time. Perhaps it’s you yourself. Nevertheless, we’ve got some good news meant for just you, your friend or whoever you thought of. It’s ok to be late once in a while – but know that there are positive traits that can just be that array of sunshine that you need as an excuse.

For instance – people who are late have that special ability or inability if you will to feel stress which carries it’s own weight regarding your health, but also, if you think about it and just see the bigger picture you will see that in the end, less stress means a longer lifespan and better, sain mind.

It’s associated with optimism

Never be late again” – a book by DeLonzor she states: “Many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic and this affects their perception of time. They really believe they can go for a run, pick up their clothes at the dry cleaners, buy groceries and drop off the kids at school in an hour.”

She also says that they have the memory of that happening a while ago thus forgetting how many times afterwards it took them much, much longer.

 They are more enthusiastic

So it turns out they look forward to things much more than regular people. They’ve got weaknesses of course (being scattered, undisciplined and throwing too much stuff on their plate) but that alone makes the positives as them being extroverted, live in the moment, have high hopes and to be playful.

Being positive will more likely make you be successful

Metropolitan Life had a study of salesmen – basically consultants who got a score in the top 10 percent on the optimism scale, turned out they sold 88% more than the last 10% on the optimism scale.

They feel time passing in a different way

Jeff Conte had a study on it (he is an associate psychology professor at San Diego State Uni). What they did was, they carried out an experiment on people from different categories. Type A (people who are competitive, impatient) and Type B (people who are more relaxed and creative). The relaxed ones were put in category B. Both groups were asked to guess, after one minute, how much time had passed. Type A’s response was ~58 seconds while Type B’s response was ~ 77 seconds on average. They literally find time longer that it actually is.

“So if you have an 18 second gap… That difference can add up over time” – the Wall Street Journal reported as Conte Told Sumathi Reddy.

People who multi-task also see time pass more slowly

181 Subway operators in New York were part of the assessment and it turned out that those who multi-task often, have a tendency to be late more often than others.

They are completely unaware of their surroundings which causes them to lose track of time

So lifehack.org had quite a nice take on the matter. They made you ask yourself:

“Does your friend or you, have an interest in a lot of people and you try to take one or too many hobbies?”

The answer is quite fascinating as you can see that, that specific infatuation you have makes you lose track of everything – basically zone out.

We are certain that you don’t see it as too much of a big deal to be late simply because you have a
bigger picture” in mind.

They tend to live in the moment

If you were in Group B of the above mentioned study, we are certain you are more laid back with some stuff. Take packing for instance – do you take a lot of clothes and take care of every necessity, or, do you just throw some stuff in a suitcase and head out? The end goal is the journey itself according to lifehack.org

Also, money management is an issue

People who are late – most of the time live in the moment thus making it harder for them to put some money aside – says Alfie Kohn on Psychology Today.

Insubordinate or an adrenaline junky?

So, rules are meant to be broken, just as easy as they were made right? That’s a good sign that you are a creative thinker. Imagine what would happen if you followed everything as it was. You’d be like every single other person out there and you don’t want that do you?

So Delonzor thinks that you can be either of 2 things:

  1. A “Deadliner” – basically someone who is addicted to the rush of making it in time
  2. A “Producer” – basically someone who feels proud that you did more stuff in less time, but breaking every rule in the meantime

Listen to the doctors

In the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology cardiologists say that if you belong to Group A (from the study mentioned above) you got a bigger chance of contracting a coronary disease and that that is because of the higher stress levels experienced. Basically it’s a fancy word which means that if you worry about time less- you will stress less thus gaining the benefit of “avoiding” stress.

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