If you’re in that relaxing place right now I would like you to do this process. Or go find a place where you can just sit or lay down. If you have tight or restricting clothing like a necktie, loosen it.
This process can extend your life expectancy and enhance your mental and physical health both. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to do. Read more »
Why would Harvard recommend you watch less TV? Primarily because it’s inactivity and often the content of programs can promote an increase in your stress due to the stressful content. The Harvard research team found these two aspects of TV do have an effect. Watching TV makes you inactive, you’re not getting exercise, now if you would exercise a bit while watching TV then that would be to your benefit. Often people eat between meals while watching TV and they tend to eat more junk food.
TV also tends to make people more antisocial. You’re at home, you’re zoned in on the TV, and not talking with people face to face. You’re rarely doing relationship enhancing behaviors while watching. Read more »
Another factor in this Harvard study is that people who have goals and are positive about their future tend to feel better overall. They reported that people with stimulating goals live on average as much as seven and one-half years longer! You need to have goals. You need to have a reason to be alive. You need to have things you want to do. If your biggest goal in life is to retire so you can sit and do nothing you have a problem.
What’s going to keep you alive and keep you going is being engaged, being excited, being positive, making sure you are moving forward into an ever better tomorrow. Now that doesn’t mean that every moment of every day is going to be the most fun you’ve ever had, but you have to be doing things. You have to be challenging yourself and have a reason to be alive. Read more »
Take the time to see friends and hang out. Spend some time with people you like and get something positive from being around.
Life expectancy can be increased just by hanging out with friends and family. The more connected you are, the better your overall health. Having positive relationships with a spouse, friends, family, coworkers, people in your church or neighborhood, or athletic groups that you participate in, all make a difference. Read more »
Volumes of research has shown that having a positive outlook will improve the quality of your life and give your health a boost. Truly those people who live to be the oldest, who have the greatest longevity, have been shown to have a positive view of their world overall. You need to find ways of letting go of some of those things that get in your way. Make time to do things you enjoy. Read more »
An important component is being social, talking to other people. Have people to interact with, whether that is social interaction at work, or social interaction in your personal life–have social interactions. Talk to people that you like, that stimulate you, that cause you to think and grow.
While cocooned within the comfort zone we run a risk of avoiding unfamiliar people or situations because it’s not comfortable to us. Going into that place where we are a little uncomfortable, having expansion and growth and interaction is good for you. Read more »
You spent the first portion of your life, the first 20 years or so, building a brain that has what’s called “cognitive reserve”. That equates to a dense network of neuro-connections in brain cells that’s from experience, from doing, from learning, from trying new things, from going out and experiencing life.
The difficulty is that if you stop doing that (as many people do when they hit their 20’s) and just go into a routine where they do the exact same thing over and over, the number of neuro-connections will diminish. You have the most brain cells and interconnections you’re going to have by about age 11 or 12. Though dead brain cells are replaced and new ones keep being formed, you have a diminishing number of neuro-connections after age 11. The way to lose less connections is to keep learning and experimenting. Learning new things is vitally important because you are using new mental skills you wouldn’t otherwise. Read more »
This good mental health, this mind-body connection, can help you emotionally and physically be healthier, boost what is called longevity factors, which are those predictors of how long and how healthy you’ll be during your life, and also keep your brain more energized and alive. People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, their feelings, their behaviors and learn methods for controlling them. Read more »
Dr. Bensons work is based on the inseparable connection between our mind and our body. Up until the 1940’s it was believed that the mind and body, though they’re inside of one place together, were separate things. That the mind and the body didn’t really connect. That what’s going on inside of your mind didn’t really affect your body, and that what your body does didn’t affect your mind. That’s not true.
The complicated interactions that take place between thinking, emotions, the body and the outside world, integrate together, a modern scientific medicine of the interaction of physiology, nutrition, exercise, thinking, belief patterns, capabilities, and using nature. The end result is a self-care process that is a compliment to the conventional path and interaction of medicine, surgery, and pharmaceuticals. Read more »
No one is completely certain how social networks help you stay healthy. Although some research has shown that men and women who live alone tend to eat less well and don’t tend to get as much exercise. Those people who have better social connections tend to build a stronger immune system from that interaction and getting out and doing things.
“We are still trying to understand the totality of this.” says Dr. Vaillant.
He said, “People who use overuse alcohol or are depressed, are less likely to have effective social support and thus their personal relationships are an indicator that things are not going as well in their lives. That doesn’t mean you can never drink, it just means that over doing it when you’re alone is often an indicator that things in your life are not quite where you want them to be.” Read more »
The first writings on the brain were in China, approximately 2000 BC. Both Socrates and Aristotle contemplated the brain and its totality of function. Leonardo da Vinci, during the renaissance began to discuss how the brain and the body worked together.
Beginning in the early 1800s, medicine was advancing rapidly and people began to wonder about the brain, body, mind continuum and overall health. Towards the end of 1800s many different people; both philosophers and doctors, began to look at how can we better access and use the brain’s potential to expand knowledge, boost health, and overall create a more effective life. Read more »
Feel Emotionally and Physically Better, Boost your Longevity Factors, and Keep your Brain Energized and Alive
Even if you have very good health, would you like to know how to feel even better, how to avoid illness and add years to your life? Do you know the brain begins to show signs of aging even before you’re a teenager? Do you know how to stimulate your whole brain so it stays energized, healthy and vital as you age? Read more »