Tuesday, 09 Feb, 2010 Health & Fitness
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People Can Die of Boredom, Researchers Say

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According to researchers from the University College London, people who are bored with their lives are at double risk for dying young compared to those who enjoy life. In most cases the death is caused by heart disease or stroke.

For more than 25 years a team of researchers has been examining over 7,000 civil servants. They found that those who considered their life boring were 40 percent more likely to have deceased by the end of the research. Scientists say that quite often people who are bored with their life start smoking and drinking.

During the study researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London interviewed 7,524 civil servants who were between 35 and 55 years old. In 1980s the participants were asked about the levels of their boredom. The second stage of the study involved learning whether the participants died by April 2009.

It was discovered that one in ten civil servants reported of being bored over the past month. Most of the participants who lived tedious lives were women, younger employees and people with boring jobs.

Researchers say that it is important for those who have boring jobs to find outside interests and not turn to bad habits such as drinking and smoking. Psychologists say that such people should start thinking about the needs of others, especially their loved ones. "From being all me, me, me, they should be thinking, what can I do for my family, my friends, my colleagues, even my boss," says psychologist Graham Price

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