Are you among those people who are constantly late despite their best efforts to be successful?
It's so hard. You leave 15 minutes before it's allowed – damn, one hour in advance if you have small children! – and try so hard to withstand the trend. But then look at the clock and notice at some point that you are still five minutes back. What does it give?
Well, get ready to rejoice a bit. We've found some studies and articles (you know, "science") that suggest that people who suffer from chronic delays tend to see the glass half full and actually have better health ̵
Here's the general idea: If you're often late, that's because you're optimistic. You really believe that you can get to your destination in time, you can press your tasks for the day and you can do all this work. Maybe you just are not a person who is stressed on such things, or you are not concerned about the deadlines. Can you see? You are not irresponsible. You are optimistic. Optimism is good for you. And this is where a study begins.
"Optimism helps people cope with the disease and (even) recover from the operation," says an article by Harvard. "Even more impressive is the impact of the positive outlook on overall health and longevity. Research suggests that an optimistic outlook at the beginning of life may predict better health and lower mortality in the follow-up period of 15 to 40 years. "
Eh! Fifteen to 40 years – this is remarkable!
Optimism in turn can also lead to lower blood pressure, better cardiovascular health, less chance of stroke and lower chances for depression. And all these factors lead to a longer and healthier life.
Another study says that forever late users are more likely to be multitasking – which is also not a bad thing.
A 2003 study by Jeff Conte of the State University of San Diego found that out of 181 New York Metro operators, those who prefer multitasking – or polychronicity – are more often late in their work , "ScienceAlert.com writes.
To be late with your work – well, that's not great. But it makes sense: the story goes on to say that when you are multi-tasking, you are not always aware of everything else around you like the clock.
We certainly do not recommend to start to run the clock or continue to keep these bad habits if you can help. But that's the way some people are – and if the delay means that you are optimistic and you are a multi-tasker, there may be worse things in the world.
A recent story from Inc.com, "Why Chronically Latered People Are Actually More Successful," confirms that this is an optimistic group of people who are intrigued by everything and quick to find solutions. Again, all good things!
So, the next time someone complains about your speed or lack, tell them the news: "It's good for you, have not you heard?"
Graham Media Group 2019