The Way We Live Our Life Is Affected By Thought Of Mortality
According to a new study, people do not only think more about death, but it seems that these thoughts about mortality make people more concerned about their peers. The study was lead by doctoral student Laura E.R. Blackie and colleagues from the University of Essex and for the study, the researchers made people think about death in a more abstract sense or in a more specific, personal way. According to what the researchers said, when people were made to think about a personal death, they would be more concerned about their peers and society and they started donating blood. For the study, 90 people were recruited and they were asked to answer some questions related to death. Some of them were asked what they would do if they knew they had to die and how they felt about it and about their family and friends. Other people were asked to imagine that they were dying in an apartment which caught fire and they had to answer some questions related to the way they would deal with the experience and how they thought their family members would react. There was also a control group among the 90 people who participated in the study and they had to think about dental pain.
After the participants answered the questions, they had to read an article, supposedly from the BBC, which wrote about blood donations. Some people read about how there was no more need of blood, because people started donating a lot and that the donations were record high. Other people read about the fact that people did not donate anymore and that there was a huge lack of blood, given that the donations were at a record low. After they read the news, all the participants were given a pamphlet which assured them that they could all go donate some blood. However, they were instructed to take one pamphlet only if they had thoughts of going donating. The researchers said that the results of the study show that people who read about the blood shortage were more prone to go donating. Furthermore, it seems that people who thought more about death were more prone to take a pamphlet and go donating regardless of the article they read. “Death is a very powerful motivation,” Blackie said. “People seem aware that their life is limited. That can be one of the best gifts that we have in life, motivating us to embrace life and embrace goals that are important to us.”
According to the researchers, when people start thinking about death, they become really aware of this idea and they are more likely to fear it. Furthermore, it seems that the thought of our own death makes us integrate the idea better in our life and respond better to it, whenever it happens. Also, it seems that people who think about death in a more personal way are more prone to value things in their life more than other people who don’t think about death so often.11