People can't help but care for others. Whether they're relatives, or people who they don't really know, there's an inexplicable connection that makes us care for others.
A study conducted by specialists from the University of Basel, the University of Western Australia, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, say caring for others can make people's lives longer.
This international group of researchers has found that grandparents who care for their grandchildren live longer than grandparents who don't. The analysts performed studies among more than 500 individuals with ages around 70 and 103 years. They examined data from the Berlin Aging Study gathered somewhere around 1990 and 2009.
Half of the participants who took care of their grandchildren have positive effects on the mortality. They were still alive 10 years after the first meeting that happened in 1990. While those who didn't help others kicked the bucket within five years.
The researchers added that the benefits of care-giving are not restricted to helping members of the family. Similar results are noticed to those who didn't have children, but provided help to other people, such as giving emotional support.
However, experts said that only moderate levels of caring may have positive effects on health.
“Helping shouldn’t be misunderstood as a panacea for a longer life. A moderate level of caregiving involvement does seem to have positive effects on health. But previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has negative effects on physical and mental health.” says Ralph Hertwig, Director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in an interview.
This turtoise would surely have a longer life than us all!