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The Five Traits That Make You Live Longer Include Positivity and Stubbornness

Want to live a long life?  Apparently you just need to move to the country, start being more positive, and stop compromising.  So . . . easy?

A new study looked at people who were at least 90 years old to try to figure out what traits they had in common . . . which might mean those traits are tied to living a longer life.  And here are the five main ones they found . . .

1.  A positive, optimistic attitude.

2.  Stubbornness.

3.  A strong work ethic.

4.  Living a rural life, and loving it.

5.  A strong connection with your family and religion.

The researchers say those are SO powerful that they can even overcome genetics.

Prison security camera catches cougar doing ‘perimeter patrol’

share with facebookshare with twitterHow’s THIS for perimeter patrol? A cougar was caught on camera outside the fences of Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison last night. A wild cougar helped out the guards at a Utah prison by performing a “perimeter patrol” on the fences outside the grounds.

The Utah Department of Corrections tweeted a photo of the mountain lion wandering just outside of the perimeter fence surrounding the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.

The department said the photo was snapped by a security camera outside the facility on Friday night.

“How’s THIS for perimeter patrol? A cougar was caught on camera outside the fences of Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison last night,” the tweet said.

‘Selfitis’ is a genuine mental disorder

Are you obsessed with taking selfies?

Chances are you might have “selfitis” — a genuine mental condition that makes a person feel compelled to constantly take photos and post them on social media, psychologists say.

The term has been around since 2014 to describe obsessive selfie-taking but has not been backed by science until now.

Researchers from Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management investigated the term and discovered six motivating factors. Experts have even developed a “Selfitis Behaviour Scale” to assess how badly a person’s condition is.

Those who suffer from selfitis are generally seeking to boost their confidence, seek attention, improve their mood, make memories, conform with their social group and be socially competitive.

The scale, which runs from one to 100, was based on a focus group of 200 people from India.

The focus group was held in India because the country has the highest number of Facebook users and also the highest number of deaths from trying to take a selfie in a dangerous location.

Selfie-taking teen survives train hit to the head

 Dr. Mark Griffiths, a professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University, said: “A few years ago, stories appeared in the media claiming that the condition of selfitis was to be classed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

“Whilst the story was revealed to be a hoax, it didn’t mean that the condition of selfitis didn’t exist.”

“We have now appeared to confirm its existence and developed the world’s first Selfitis Behaviour Scale to assess the condition.”

His colleague Dr. Janarthanan Balakrishnan added: “Typically, those with the condition suffer from a lack of self-confidence and are seeking to ‘fit in’ with those around them and may display symptoms similar to other potentially addictive behaviors.”

“Now the existence of the condition appears to have been confirmed, it is hoped that further research will be carried out to understand more about how and why people develop this potentially obsessive behavior and what can be done to help people who are the most affected.”

Here’s how you can tell if you have ‘selfitis’

Answer the following 10 questions on a scale of one to five, where five is strongly agree and one is strongly disagree.

At the end add up all of your scores.

The higher your score (the highest is 200) the greater the likelihood that you suffer from selfitis.

  1. Taking selfies gives me a good feeling to better enjoy my environment
  2. Sharing my selfies creates healthy competition with my friends and colleagues
  3. I gain enormous attention by sharing my selfies on social media
  4. I am able to reduce my stress level by taking selfies
  5. I feel confident when I take a selfie
  6. I gain more acceptance among my peer group when I take selfies and share them on social media
  7. I am able to express myself more in my environment through selfies
  8. Taking different selfie poses helps increase my social status
  9. I feel more popular when I post my selfies on social media
  10. Taking more selfies improves my mood and makes me feel happy
  11. I become more positive about myself when I take selfies
  12. I become a strong member of my peer group through selfie postings
  13. Taking selfies provides better memories about the occasion and the experience
  14. I post frequent selfies to get more ‘likes’ and comments on social media
  15. By posting selfies, I expect my friends to appraise me
  16. Taking selfies instantly modifies my mood
  17. I take more selfies and look at them privately to increase my confidence
  18. When I don’t take selfies, I feel detached from my peer group
  19. I take selfies as trophies for future memories
  20. I use photo editing tools to enhance my selfie to look better than others



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