Longevity Tip: Attitude Toward Aging Is A Big Deal

A research team at Yale University and the National Institute on Aging looked at surveys taken by 386 men and women under age 50, and then studied their health records four decades later. Those with the worst outlook on aging, who described older people as “feeble, helpless, and absent-minded,” were significantly more likely to have had a heart attack or stroke than those with more positive views on growing old. Likewise, research suggests that people who perceive themselves as being in poor health—even if they aren’t—may die sooner than those who consider themselves healthy. Perhaps it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you view older people as active, healthy members of society, there’s a good chance you’ll take care of yourself as you age, continuing to eat well and exercise. But if you feel doomed to an enfeebled existence, you might be more inclined to let yourself go.

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Longevity Tip ~ It’s a Head Game

A big part of aging really is all in your head. As cliche as it may sound, nonagenarians prove you are only as old as you feel. A positive mindset can help you manage stress, which in turn can protect your health. “I’ve been active all my life. I spend no time thinking what I can’t do … When you wake up in the morning, know that it’s going to be the best day of your life,” Porchon-Lynch said last year. The oldest serving nurse in the U.S. is also in her 90s and still is pursuing her passion by helping people, which she says has brought her lifelong joy. 

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Longevity Tip ~ The Right Outlook

Research shows that having a reason to wake up can help us live up to seven good years longer. Through mindfulness and purpose workshops, we teach people how to shed stress, live in the moment, and connect with their innate gifts. Then we help them find opportunities to match their passion with commitment to deepen their sense of purpose.

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Longevity Tip ~ It’s All About The Attitude

Stay positive!

Finding a purpose in your life will help you live longer . . . Whether you’re in college, working, or retired, making goals for yourself and challenging yourself is going to improve your outlook on life, which will make you happier and keep you healthier. At the end of the day, it’s all about being positive, focusing on the good things, and never giving up. So next time you’re feeling lost and stuck, make some short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Then take the steps to achieve them. Having a sense of purpose will increase your productivity and positivity and help you feel better about yourself, reducing stress in the meantime.

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Longevity Tip ~ Shed Negativity

Carrying around negativity can actually threaten your health and encourage the aging process. Think about instances when you were really stressed and upset – did you experience any physical symptoms? Research suggests that there’s a direct link between negative thinking patterns and the development of health complications. Do not harbor feelings of hostility and anger, as multiple studies have linked these factors to an increased risk of dementia, heart disease, and stroke.

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Today’s Reflection ~ Happiness

The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised. ~ Normal Vincent Peale