Service of Running Late: It’s Good for Your Health

January 24th, 2019

Categories: Late

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I was running late this morning  when I heard Len Berman and Michael Riedel on their WOR 710 morning show discuss an item news reporter Joe Bartlett covered–that people who are late will live longer. Fearing I misheard, I looked up the topic and found Michelle Ganley’s article on

Here are highlights. She “found some studies and articles (you know, ‘science,’) suggesting that people who are chronically late tend to see the glass half-full, and they actually have better health — and they might even live longer, according to Harvard Health Publishing.


She wrote: “’Optimism helps people cope with disease and (even) recover from surgery,’ the Harvard article said. ‘Even more impressive is the impact of a positive outlook on overall health and longevity. Research tells us that an optimistic outlook early in life can predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years.’”

She continued: “Optimism, in turn, also can lead to lower blood pressure, better cardiovascular health, fewer chances of a stroke and lower chances of depression. And all of those factors lead to a longer, healthier life.”

And late arrivers tend to be multitaskers which is a good thing wrote  Ganley .


She added information from “’Why Chronically Late People Are Actually More Successful,’ [which] reaffirms that this is an optimistic bunch of people who are intrigued by everything, and quick to find solutions. Again, all good things!”

Ganley wrote this tongue-in-cheek, it seemed to me, and Berman, who clearly has been on the receiving end of hanging around waiting for chronic latecomers, didn’t let the story fly by without sharing his view. He said chronic latecomers disregarded the value of other people’s time.

Do you subscribe to the findings that report it is healthy and maybe even life-extending to be a person who is chronically late? What about the impact on friends and loved ones? As a person who finds being on time a priority–a stressful goal–maybe there is a load of truth here.


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9 Responses to “Service of Running Late: It’s Good for Your Health”

  1. Deborah Brown Said:

    Would one show up for a job interview late? How about showing up late for your colonoscopy? How do you feel when the babysitter shows up late and you’re ready to go out the door? I think being on time shows respect, responsibility and being an adult! I may be old fashion but that’s the way I roll!

  2. jmbyington Said:


    I agree! But I’m not chronically late. Maybe I’d be better off if not so obsessed about being on time. Maybe I’d live longer!

  3. JBS Said:

    I was rarely late and my husband was early. In fact, we sometimes got to a dinner party so early that I made him wait in the car.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Boy are you lucky JBS! My husband is always last minute on the cusp of late and I, like your husband, prefer to be early and hang out. When we traveled a lot I’d lie to him about departure times of plane or train. I had to do it because my A personality couldn’t take skidding in with seconds to spare. This MUST BE a reason that late people live longer. They are cool with being tardy.

  5. Debbie Kunen Said:

    Debbie wrote on Facebook: Prioritize being on time, especially for friends & family. Work meetings are a priority too. Time management is the key! 🙂

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    But according to these findings it’s healthier and perhaps a key to longevity if a person is chronically late! [Though I’m with you.]

  7. Lucrezia Said:

    Glad to learn I’m so healthy. Running late is the story of my life, so according to these pundits, I should still be going strong at 200……yeah, right!

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I’ll drink to that! xoxoxo

  9. Rhona C-F Said:

    A favorite quip at a school where I taught:
    “The only trouble with being on time to a meeting is that there is nobody there to see (greet) you.”

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