Self-confident people who believe in themselves and think they can cross all hurdles to achieve their goal in life lead a healthier and longer life, claims a new study.
A previous study had said that people with better education and qualification were the ones to be more successful, happier and healthier. But the new study negates this thinking and says education does not play any role in making one feel healthier and happier.
People with less education but higher level of confidence live longer and also lead a healthier life. According to the study, mortality rate for this category of people is also three times lower than those with higher education but lower confidence level.
Professor Margie Lachman, an author of the paper, said, "A person with less education but a high sense of control is practically indistinguishable from a person of high education."
The study, published online in journal Health Psychology, said higher education and self control were not directly related. But the study goes on to suggest that to succeed in this competitive world, one needs to have a positive attitude towards life and be confident to take control of all kinds of situations.
Data of 6,000 people in the United States were analysed before coming up with the results of the study.
Lachman added, "There are methods and strategies for improving one's sense of control, and educational experiences are one of them. We could implement those approaches in educational and public health programmes aimed at increasing health-promoting attitudes and behaviours and ultimately lowering mortality risks."