Staying mentally active helps all of us ward off memory loss.  Also, being physically active keeps our body healthy. We should limit stress as well. Stress may lead to many common health problems, and many believe stress is the root cause of many diseases. Below are some articles to help you stay happy and healthy as you age.  I especially am partial to Dr. Deepak Chopra has had much success is in helping the aging population age well and increase happiness. Because in the end, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Happy Thoughts Make Happy Molecules

Secrets to Staying Healthy and Happy as you Age“It was October of 1990 and I was suffering from a severe relapse of Epstein-Barr virus and the accompanying exhaustion and depression. My ex-husband, George Hamilton, suggested I visit Dr. Deepak Chopra at the Maharishi Ayuveda Healing Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. I didn’t want to leave my kids. I didn’t want to go at all but I forced myself to get on the plane. I was desperate for something that would help me.

When I met Dr. Chopra, I was taken by surprise at the first question he asked me after we said hello.

“Are you happy?” he asked.

“Well, no, not really,” I answered, thinking that I probably wouldn’t be here if I was happy. “This hasn’t been the happiest period of my life, that’s for sure.” I went on to list all the things that were wrong in my life with my health and the recent Epstein-Barr diagnosis at the top.

He looked at me and smiled his lovely, kind smile. I waited for him to give me the secret to a happy, healthy life.”

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Six Secrets of Happy Aging. Enhance Your Life as you Age.

Secrets to Staying Healthy and Happy as you Age“Most of us have been to a social occasion where someone toasts to “a long and happy life.” The two just go together, right? Not necessarily.

You need to take proactive steps to ensure your health and longevity, and put forth equal care and attention to your personal life? Both take work. Staying mentally active, feeling connected to someone or an activity, and sharing intimacy are important ways to make certain you are doing all that you can to enhance your life as you age.

Six fundamentals for “staying sharp” and “enhancing your life as you age” are:

  1. Challenge your mind. Stay mentally active appears to help ward off memory loss.

  2. Challenge your body. Just like cells anywhere else in the body, brain cells crave a steady diet of oxygen, so stay physically active.

  3. Get your rest. Too little sleep can affect memory.

  4. Limit stress. Researchers speculate that consistently high levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, may impair cells in the hippocampus, which oversees certain types of learning and recall.

  5. Watch your weight. Staying within a normal weight range lowers your risk for illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and stroke, all of which can compromise memory to varying degrees.

  6. Stay Connected.”

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6 Secrets to Staying Happy–and Sharp

 Secrets to Staying Healthy and Happy as you Age“If you’re happy and you know it… you make better decisions and remember more.

That’s what a new study reports after older adults were observed doing significantly better on tests of decision-making and working memory when their mood was boosted. “Given the current concern about cognitive decline in the aged, our findings are important for showing how simple methods to improve mood can help improve cognitive functioning and decision performance in older adults, just like they do in younger people,” said Ellen Peters, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University. Here are a few steps you can take to a happier, sharper life.”

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Being healthy and happy helps you make better decisions.

 

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