People Who Are Always Late Are More Successful And Live Longer, Says Science

Just at the first glance of the headline, you surely thought of your best friend who is always late, your partner, or maybe yourself!

Being always late is not a good thing, as it can be highly irritating, but even the ones who are never on time do not see any benefits of this trait either. Yet, we are here to tell you that there are advantages of being late too!

Apparently, scientists have found that people who are always late are more successful in life, and plus, they live longer!


DeLonzor  in his book “Never be late again” states:

“Many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic and this affects their perception of time. They really believe they can go for a run, pick up their clothes at the dry cleaners, buy groceries and drop off the kids at school in an hour.”

She claims that these people have the memory of that happening a while ago, and therefore, they forget the number of times afterward it took them much, much longer.

They feel time passing in a different way

According to the study conducted by Jeff Conte, an associate psychology professor at San Diego State University, these people literally perceive time longer than it actually is.

The study involved people from different categories, and type A  were competitive and impatient individuals, while Type B were relaxed and creative people.

All participants were asked to guess, after one minute, how much time had passed, and while the first group responded with “58 seconds”, the second group’s response was ~ 77 seconds on average.


They have their own weaknesses, normally, but these people tend to look forward to things in life, and they have high hopes.


A study conducted by Metropolitan Life which involved salesmen – basically consultants who got a score in the top 10 percent on the optimism scale, found that they sold 88% more than the last 10% on the optimism scale.

People who multi-task also see time pass more slowly

A study which included 181 Subway operators in New York found that people who multitask often are more often late than others. They lose track of time since they are unaware of their surroundings.

Money management

Alfie Kohn on Psychology Today claims that people who are always late face difficulties to put some money aside, as they live in the moment.

They tend to live in the moment

People who are always late tend to live in the present moment. Think about it: do you take a lot of clothes when packing for a trip, or just throw them in the suitcase and leave?

So, if you belong to these people, look at the positive side, you might be a creative thinker!

According to DeLonzor, you belong to one of the following groups:

A “Deadliner” – a person addicted to the rush of managing to be on time

A “Producer” – a person who is proud to have done all those things in such a short time, even though it broke all the rules

Additionally, the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology published the recommendations by cardiologists which claim that people who are impatient have an increased risk of coronary diseases due to the high stress levels.

Therefore, try to worry less about time, and you will successfully avoid stress.