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New Study: Positive Attitude About Aging Linked to Reduced Dementia Risk
The study shows, that no matter what our physical body tells us as we age (aches and pains, saggy skin, wrinkles), it's our brain and attitude that still holds significant power.
"The study shows, that no matter what our physical body tells us as we age (aches and pains, saggy skin, wrinkles), it's our brain and attitude that still holds significant power," says Dr. Noelle Nelson, author of Happy Healthy…Dead:
"How we view aging—whether positive or negative—often starts well before reach our older years," says Nelson. "The negative social stigmas about aging are still strong, but the walls are slowing coming down. We as a society need to do more, but individually, we can also take steps to improve our age outlook."
Here are Nelson's suggestions.
Push Negative Thoughts Away. The study confirms what other research has found: what you think and feel has an impact on physical wellbeing. Your brain is constantly sending signals to the rest of your body. When you are experiencing positive thoughts and feelings--in particular, appreciation—
Find Your Next Passion. You may not be able to play a hard match of singles tennis, but there is still life to live. Dial it back a notch—if you enjoy tennis, play doubles instead—or try something completely new. There are countless invigorating physical and mental activities that you can tackle that will give you fulfillment and happiness.
Stay Connected. Humans are social creatures. Get out and find those who share your interests and who are fun to be around.
Appreciate Life. As we get older, we realize how quickly time passes. Don't waste a minute. Appreciate the little things. Be grateful for what you have. You may not have reached all your goals (or hardly any), but that's okay. Appreciate what you have accomplished and set new goals.
"We all will face some sort of physical limitations, financial setbacks and emotional turmoil. That's part of life," says Nelson "It's really up to us to determine how we live our later years--with positive determination or with pessimism."
For a copy of the study, click here (http://journals.plos.org/
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