In a recent blog, I stated that “wealth and life expectancy are significantly correlated. Even among millionaires, those with multiple millions tend to live longer than those with just one million. My surveys and estate data from the IRS consistently show that rich people live longer than those in the general population.”
Then I asked the question, “Why is it that the rich live longer? Genetics, possibly; that’s not my area of expertise. However, I do know from my research that most millionaires are physically active, have a wide variety of interests, are part of a loving family and are not overweight, etc.”
Not only are they part of a loving family today, they are four times more likely than not to agree with the following statement: I was raised in an atmosphere filled with love and harmony. Also, in my national study of 944 millionaires detailed in Stop Acting Rich, 89% reported that their parents were not divorced or separated during the time they were growing up [defined as younger than 18].
Parental divorce during childhood emerged as the single strongest predictor of early death in adulthood. The grown children of divorced parents died almost five years earlier, on average, than children from intact families. . . . causes . . . from accidents . . . violence to cancer, heart attack and stroke. Parental break-ups remain, the authors say, among the most traumatic and harmful events for children.