Longevity and Wellbeing

It continues to baffle me why so much emphasis is put on a long life.

Japan’s life expectancy fell to second place behind Hong Kong. The above BBC linked article is typical of this rhetoric.

Words and phrases like “fallen behind” and “topped the rankings” make longevity out as some kind of race and the those living longest are runners.


Is this also why Westerners love to run, because they feel they will live longer by doing so?

Living longer does not make you happier. There are plenty of people who live to a ripe old age but miserably. Equally there are others who live shorter lives but happily.

The previous Dalai Lama quote should remind you of where you will find happiness, and it isn’t in a long life.

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