A recent study shows that if you're late to appointments and deadlines, chances are, you're going to be successful and you'll live longer.
According to Southern Living, scientists are saying there's several factors that play into being late and apparently it's a proven fact that it'll lead to those two things: Success and living longer!
We all have that friend (or maybe, we are that friend) who is late to every single brunch, baby shower, and school board meeting ever put in the calendar and spend most Sundays slinking into the back pew at church hoping not to draw attention. While Southerners pride themselves on good manners, which includes timeliness, some people simply seem incapable of being on time.
While it’s certainly a frustrating characteristic both for the people waiting to order lunch until the tardy friend makes their appearance and for the well-intentioned, but perennially late person, turns out there is a silver lining to it. A recent body of scientific work, reveals that the traits that tend to make people late, are the very same traits that can help them live longer and more productive lives.
Science has shown that stress is incredibly bad for overall health. People who are late typically feel less stressed, unconcerned with deadlines, and generally more relaxed. That can lead tolower blood pressure, lower risks of heart disease, greatercardiovascular health,lower risk ofstroke, and lower chance of depression, all of which can prolong life.
As Diana DeLonzor wrote in her book,Never Late Again, many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic. That means they truly, deeply believe that they can, say, go for a run, take a shower, stop at the Piggly Wiggly to buy groceries for dinner, pick up the dry cleaning, and still make it on time to pick up the kids from school all in one hour. That is a clearly optimistic schedule, yet many chronically late people truly believe it’s possible, even when proven time and again that it’s not. That level of optimism reaches far beyond an over-planned schedule, though.According to researchersat Harvard Medical School, “Research tells us that an optimistic outlook early in life can predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years.”
Optimism can also effect productivity and success.Astudyamong salesmen revealed that optimists sold88 percent more than their pessimistic colleagues.They performed better because they have a better outlook.
Similarly, some chronically late people are perfectionists who can’t leave the house until the dishwasher is empty and the laundry is folded,according toDr. Linda Sapadin, a time management specialist and fellow at the American Psychological Association. That may be frustrating trait in a friend, but is a desirable characteristic in an employee and can lead to more successful career.
Yeah, I always wondered why my dad made me late to softball tournaments and back then that was the only thing I had to worry about. But now, I'm only late to certain things. Yes, that can be frustrating to some people. But I'm over here busy, trying to be successful! Don't rush the process.