Being the President of the United States has a lot of perks - but a longer life isn’t one of them.
When researchers at Columbia University compared the life-spans of elected presidents to the guys who came in second - they found that the losers lived roughly 5 years longer than their rivals.
Interestingly enough, in fields other than politics - reaching the top of your profession actually adds years to your life. For example, Nobel Prize winners live an average of 2 years longer than other scientists. And actors who win Emmy Awards and Oscars live about 4 years longer than their peers.
Of course, running a country is much more demanding than acting or scientific research, but there’s another factor to consider. Oscar and Nobel prize-winners receive a self-esteem boost from all the positive attention. Experts say that getting a lot of praise – especially from your peers - releases immune-boosting chemicals that decrease heart-damaging inflammation, and even slow down cell aging.
But you don’t have to be a super-scientist or a movie star to get the health benefits of high self-esteem.
The researchers say that winning anything based on your accomplishments will do – whether it’s employee of the month, or a pick-up basketball championship at your local park. So, get cracking. And don’t forget that complimenting other people will help them live longer too.