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
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