Monday January 22, 2018

Positive thinking can be the secret to Healthy Ageing

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  • 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

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  • 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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Motivational quotes which will give you your lost motivation back

Motivational quotes may seem vague or even useless to some, but they are not. We all need a little inspiration and motivation in our lives. Always remember, pen is mightier than sword.

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Motivational quotes are a great way of getting the lost motivation back. Pixabay
Motivational quotes are a great way of getting the lost motivation back. Pixabay

We all live a very fast paced life, full of struggles and daily hustle-bustle. It can get tiring and stressful. We often get so tired that we end up forgetting about our goals and aspirations. Stress clouds our mind and makes us lethargic.

Just because there are pitfalls, doesn’t mean there are no ways of getting out of them. Life has a way of making things tough for us in order to make us stronger. Life throws lots of curve balls in our path, but to overcome them is easy, all we need is motivation. Motivation to let go of any negativity and move forward towards our goal.

Motivational quotes may seem vague or even useless to some, but they are not. We all need a little inspiration and motivation in our lives. Always remember, pen is mightier than sword. Words can have a long lasting impact on a person’s mind. Reading motivational quotes can actually motivate you to perform better in life. They may not work as efficiently on everyone, but they do leave a lasting impact on a person.

Struggles are everywhere, all we need is some motivation to deal with them. Pixabay
Struggles are everywhere, all we need is some motivation to deal with them. Pixabay

Here are some inspirational quotes about life and struggle, by some of the most successful and wise men, to give you the much needed motivation to move towards your goal :

“The Way To Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” -Walt Disney

“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” –Albert Einstein

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. ” –Robert Frost

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” –Babe Ruth

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” –John Lennon

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” –Socrates

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” –Woody Allen

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs

“The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.” –A. P. J. Abdul Kalam