Can Laziness Help You Live Longer?

It may pay to be lazy!

August 31, 2018

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Lazy people have a bad reputation, but it may be a good thing to be a bit lazy according to a new study! 

When you think of people at the top, you likely think of those who are ambitious, work long hours, get up early, and will do anything it takes to hit their next goal. But these people likely won't live as long as those who slack off and tend to be considered lazy! 

Research has found that laziness may be an effective survival tactic for humans. The study found that things like snails and slugs lived longer because they expended less energy per day. According to Bruce Lieberman, “Instead of ‘survival of the fittest,’ maybe a better metaphor for the history of life is ‘survival of the laziest’ or at least ‘survival of the sluggish.’” 

Lazy people need less energy and food to survive so they can last longer in events where food and other resources are scarce. 

Need an excuse to have a lazy weekend? I think this is it!

You can read more about the study here.