Science Says: People Who Are Always Late Are More Successful and Live Longer!

These people are just more optimistic and stressless.

Since being late has become somewhat of a norm, these types of people no longer experience the anxiety and other negative feeling associated with not meeting an appointment. Even though this may seem like a trivial point, the additional happiness that these people experience as a result of feeling negative less frequently is definitely significant over the long term.

Being late forces people to be optimistic.

In her book “Never be late again,” Delonzor writes that “Many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic,” which influences their perception of time. “They remember that single shining day 10 years ago when they really did all those things in 60 minutes flat, and forget all the other times that everything took much, much longer.”

Optimism often results in success.

Research by Metropolitan Life reveals that “consultants who scored in the top 10% for optimism sold 88% more than those ranked in the most pessimistic 10%.” In other words, a more positive outlook tends to result in better performance.

Optimism and success lead to enthusiasm.

Even though being “over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined,” can easily be interpreted as being weak, these traits are normally overcome by “extroverted, spontaneous, high-spirited, and playful” characteristics.

Experiencing life—and time—is different for these types of people.

Research by Jeff Conte (associate psychology professor at San Diego State University) found that competitive and impatient A-type individuals experienced or “felt” only 58 seconds for every 77 seconds that relaxed and creative B-type individuals experience or feel. As per Conte told Sumathi Reddy of the Wall Street Journal,“if you have an 18-second gap . . . that difference can add up over time.”

Multitaskers are similar to people who are always late.

181 subway operators in New York revealed that individuals who multitasked most happened to be late more than most other people (probably due to losing track of time on a regular basis).

Unsurprisingly, people who are always late don’t stress-out when other people are late.

This might also seem like a minor point, but, again, the additional happiness experienced due to not feeling stressed so much really does build-up quickly long term.

These types of people tend to be spontaneous.

As per Lifehack.org, people who are late “will just throw some items in a suitcase and head out, figuring out where to eat and sleep along the way. There is far more adventure in that.” Sounds fun to me (if you have the means).

People who are late don’t tend to be great financial managers.

Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising either: late in person, late in paying—right? According to Alfie Kohn on Psychology Today, these people “can’t summon the self-control to be on time” so they “probably [have] trouble getting [their acts] together in other ways as well—say, around saving money or saying no to junk food.”


People who are late try to break records.

And they also throw caution to the wind, to instructions, to Google Maps, and to societal norms. However, oftentimes an unconventional approach can result in superior results; as per Delonzor, someone called “a deadline” is a person who is “subconsciously drawn to the adrenaline rush of the sprint to the finish line,” and someone called “a producer” is a person “who gets an ego boost from getting as much done in as little time as possible.”

People who late develop heart disease less frequently.

Research by the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology reveals that A-type personalities are at higher risk for coronary diseases, likely because of the higher levels of anxiety they tend to experience.

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