Monday June 17, 2019

Positive thinking can be the secret to Healthy Ageing

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Positive psychology, Wikimedia commons
  • Think positive- the secret of living
  • One should have a proper motto towards his/her life .
  • Negative minded people die 6-7 years early than the happy ones.

Ageism is the tendency to evaluate older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment. Ageing is all about life and death . It’s about how you perceive your thoughts. They say life is a long journey. Well, let’s make it a bit longer.

Becca Levy (Research professor of epidemiology and phycology at Yale School of Public and Health) said: “it depends on how much a given individual takes those negative ideas to heart.” She observed a disjoint set of people who were in their late middle age. There was a difference of opinion among people. Some considered aging as a natural phenomenon and though it as becoming more experienced and wise. The others considered aging as becoming older people who are weak and dependent. There was a significant difference in lifespan between the former and the latter ones. While the latter died 7 years before former lived 7 and half years more.

This doesn’t mean that thinking positively and being a couch potato will keep you alive for more years. Our mind and body are way more interconnected than our imaginations. Studies have shown that people with positive mindset are more likely to recover from major health setbacks. While people having no major impairment but did had a negative mindset are likely to later develop the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s diseases. More their thoughts degrade lesser their lifespan becomes.

Old people with no positive attitude, Wikimedia commons
Old people with no positive attitude, Wikimedia commons

One can idolize 95-year-old Jim Shute of Medford, Ore. His daily routine comprises of waking up at 6.30 am followed by reading a local newspaper. After having breakfast he makes a check on his garden’s irrigation system. In his spare time, he also goes fishing, refinishes furniture.

Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist and behavioural scientist in Chicago tells that It’s not necessary to do all those things but to live a contempt life and having a purpose for life is good enough to achieve health dividends. It gives a sense of accomplishment.

These positive minded people are substantially less prone to strokes and disability. One shouldn’t assume that he/she is useless. Have a motive, change your attitude towards life and good things will along our way.

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-by Pritam. Pritam is an engineering student and an intern at Newsgram . Twitter handle-  Pritam_gogreen

  • devika todi

    i have heard that a positive mind leads to a positive life. it should say that a positive mind leads to a longer, healthier and positive life!

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Braces won’t Always Bring Happiness, Self-Confidence

Those who didn't have braces had varying levels of crooked teeth, just like those who had braces treatment

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Braces, Happiness, Self-Confidence
There was a pattern of higher psychosocial scores in people who did not have orthodontic treatment. Pixabay

Braces can help you get straight teeth but it may not always bring happiness and self-confidence, a study suggests.

Published in the journal Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research, the study followed 448 13-year-old kids from South Australia in 1988 and 1989. By the time that they turned 30 in 2005 and 2006 more than a third of them had received orthodontic treatment.

“The study, examined if having braces lead to a greater level of happiness or psychosocial outcomes, later in life. There was a pattern of higher psychosocial scores in people who did not have orthodontic treatment meaning people who hadn’t had braces fitted were significantly more optimistic than the ones that did have braces,” said Esma Dogramaci, Professor at the University of Adelaide.

“Those who didn’t have braces had varying levels of crooked teeth, just like those who had braces treatment — ranging from mild through to very severe,” Dogramaci said.

Braces, Happiness, Self-Confidence
Braces can help you get straight teeth but it may not always bring happiness and self-confidence. Pixabay

The study looked at four psychosocial aspects: how well people felt they coped with new or difficult situations and associated setbacks; how much they felt that could take care of their own health; the person believed that the support they received was from their personal network and their own level of optimism.

“These indicators were chosen because they are important for psychosocial functioning and are relevant to health behaviours and health outcomes; since the core research question was the impact of braces treatment on patients’ self-confidence and happiness in later life,” Dogramaci added.

During the study, dental student Alex Furlan, who has never had braces fitted: “My orthodontist recommended that I have braces fitted but I’m quite happy without them.

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“I’ve never felt the need to straighten my teeth – I can get on in life without having perfectly straight teeth.” (IANS)