Quit smoking and be happier
Kicking the butt reveals some surprising new benefits beyond cleaner lungs. Snuffing out smoking may also improve your personality, curbing traits such as neuroticism and impulsivity, reveals a new research.health and fitness Updated: Sep 19, 2011 00:51 IST
Kicking the butt reveals some surprising new benefits beyond cleaner lungs. Snuffing out smoking may also improve your personality, curbing traits such as neuroticism and impulsivity, reveals a new research.
Study’s lead author Andrew Littlefield of the University of Missouri, US, found that people who are more impulsive, more emotionally negative, and more anxious are also more likely to smoke. Researchers compared people, ages 18 to 35, who smoked with those who had quit smoking.
Kicking the habit revealed its biggest decline in these personality traits in participants ages 18 to 25. “Smokers at age 18 had higher impulsivity rates than nonsmokers at age 18, and those who quit tended to display the steepest declines in impulsivity between ages 18 and 25,” Littlefield said.
For older smokers, he adds, smoking becomes part of a regular behaviour pattern, driven by habit, craving, and tolerance, rather than personality traits such as impulsivity.
For chain smokers, here’s some more encouraging news: quitting smoking, or even trying to quit, will not only improve your health but might also mend your mood, reveals another study.
This study tracked symptoms of depression in people who were trying to quit smoking. Interestingly, study subjects described themselves as “never happier” as when they were successful at quitting, for however long that was. This counters the assumption that giving up smoking, often considered a stress-coping mechanism for many people, leads to better health but often at a psychological cost.