We’re not really dead yet: The surprising appeal of life after death
Our bodies may not be entirely dead after all.
New Scientist has been tracking people who have lived for a long time and found that the number of people who die each year in the UK is now the lowest it has been since records began in the late 19th century.
But it’s not all bad news.
Life after death has a lot of positives, say researchers.
There are lots of people out there who have gone on to live long, happy, fulfilling lives and they deserve a chance to share in their achievements.
“Our research shows that the more time that people spend in the care of their loved ones, the less they are likely to die,” said lead author Joanna Brown.
“People who have been with us for a few years or even longer have a lower death rate than people who are older and have fewer friends.”
So while it may not seem like much to be able to look after your friends and family in your final days, it could have a huge impact on the way you feel about the world.
It could also be an opportunity to see new friends and people you may have never met.
But if you don’t want to share the life with others, the best thing you can do is to keep your loved ones close to you.
“We’ve found that people who share more with others are more likely to experience more physical and mental health problems,” Brown said.
“But it’s also important to recognise that the benefits of social connections are far greater than those who stay in the company of their family and friends.”
“If you don.t want to do more than chat and hug to others, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone,” she said.
The researchers say they are keen to get a clearer picture of what happens after death, especially in older people.
But in the meantime, it might help to keep an eye on your loved one’s wellbeing.
For instance, if they’re sick, you can ask your loved-one about them or ask if they have a doctor’s appointment.
“A lot of people might be a little confused about whether they are really dead or not,” Brown told New Scientist.
“And we’re hoping that our research will give people the clarity they need to understand their own death.”
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