|Study: Enjoying life makes older people more capable|
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LOS ANGELES — People who enjoy life maintain their ability to take care of themselves, and they walk faster than those who rate their lives as less enjoyable, scientists reported Monday.
Feelings of happiness and enjoyment — aka positive affective well-being — have been associated with longer life and less heart disease and stroke. But the current study looked at decline of functions in daily life and disability as people age, and at the more objective measure of walking speed.
The study included 3,199 people 60 and older who are part of a long-term British study.
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