WORK-LIFE BALANCE / APR. 26, 2015
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Can Working Keep You Young?

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Does having a job mean that you are going to live longer? How is this possible? While this may sound bizarre, scientists have found that unemployment in early adulthood can cause more damage to your health and wellbeing than you can imagine. According to a recent study, being jobless at a young age is strongly associated with premature aging.

The stress that you force yourself and your body to go through while constantly worrying over getting a decent job to make a living, damages your health as it increases the chances of developing age-related illnesses in the future.

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Research analysed blood samples from more than 5,500 men and women around the age of 30 who were unemployed and revealed some surprising results.

Scientists used these blood samples to measure telomeres, which are the part of human cells that affect how your cells age. These are the gaps that are located at the ends of your chromosomes and protect the DNA from any damage. Over time, telomeres naturally get shorter and therefore, damage the DNA and increase the possibility of heart disease, diabetes or even Alzheimer’s.

Having said that, the study revealed that those who weren’t in employment for at least three years were more than twice as likely to have short telomeres in contrast to those who were working.

If you think about it, working essentially does help you to stay young as it improves the quality of your life. Here’s why:

#1 It gets you into a routine

Despite that fact that you hate having to wake up at seven o’ clock in the morning, you know being an early riser is good for your health. Staying in bed all day can result in wasting your time and not being productive at all.

#2 It helps you stay energised

Having a job awakens your body; it makes you exercise your mind, fills you up with energy and helps you stay motivated along the way. This doesn’t only decrease the odds of age-related illnesses in the long-run, but also improves your chances of success helping you to stay focused on your goals.

#3 It balances your social life

Who said you can’t have a social life once you get a job? Being in continuous full time employment – or even in a part-time job for that matter – encourages you to interact with other people on a daily basis. This is beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing as it helps you overcome other serious mental illnesses such as depression.

#4 It gives you a sense of satisfaction

Only if you are a hard working individual will you be able to relate to this. Your job can give you a sense of satisfaction as you know you are working on something important which will in-turn help other people and therefore, provide for the community.

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So what do you think? Does working keep you young or not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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