Science says people who are always late are more optimistic (Photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash)

We all have that one friend who is always running late, and it drives us crazy.

While it’s both frustrating for the person who’s waiting and the person who’s running late, it turns out that there actually may be an upside to it. A recent study looked at the traits that tend to make people late and guess what? They lined up with the characteristics that help people live longer.

Science has proven that stress is bad for our general health and wellbeing. People who are always running late tend to worry less about deadlines and as a result, feel less stressed and more relaxed. This can lead to a lower risk of heart disease and a higher chance of heart health, not to mention lower blood pressure. All of these factors can, in turn, increase the chances of a long life.

Late people tend to be optimistic about how much they can fit into a specific time frame. While this optimism may be unrealistic, it does wonders for their mental and physical health. Harvard Medical School researchers say that an optimistic outlook earlier on in life can result in better overall health, as well as a lower risk of early death. 

Not being on time is a perfectionist trait (Photo by Andy Beales on Unsplash)

Having an optimistic outlook can also positively affect success and productivity. A study involving salesman noted that those who were optimistic sold 88% more than their pessimistic colleagues.

Another common reason why people are late is that they get caught up in something else they’re doing. Being passionate about something is the key to success, according to leaders like Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs.

If you’ve got a friend who is always late, it could also mean that they’re a perfectionist. This means that they can’t leave for the day until the dishes are done and the clothes are ironed. While this trait may be annoying in a friend you’re waiting on, it actually spells success for an employee and increases their chances of having a successful career.

So, next time your friend is leaving you high and dry, spend the time thinking about how they’re probably healthier, happier and more productive. Maybe next time you can take a leaf out of their book and not worry so much about running late.