We’ve already discussed the likelihood that zombies have a substantially shorter lifespan than a health living person, because their rotting body sinks a little further back into the earth with each passing hour, day or week. But it turns out that the dead walking the earth means decreased longevity for everyone.
In a recent blog post, Contributing Editor for Wire Magazine, Jonah Lehrer, explains that exposure to prolonged stress can substantially shorten a human’s life.
“In fact, numerous studies of human longevity in developed countries have found that psychosocial factors such as stress are the single most important variable in determining the length of a life. It’s not that genes and risk factors like smoking don’t matter. It’s that our levels of stress matter more.”
Stress can cause you to make bad decisions, and engage in unnecessarily risky behavior. It can also kill you.
From religious fanatics, to the insanity and paranoia brought on by forced isolation, the psychological burden placed on survivors of the coming zombie plague will be as dangerous as any undead horde. If you manage to stay alive through the toughest times, make sure to also stay positive. Your attitude is what will keep you alive over the long haul.