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Thinking Positive Decreases Stress, Adds Years to Your Life

Positive Thinking

Positive thinking = positive effects

The importance of “thinking positive” has been written and talked about for nearly 2,000 years. In the first century A.D., the philosopher Epictetus wrote, “The thing that upsets people is not so much what happens, but what they think about what happens.”

That idea has filtered down to us today. Everywhere we look we find reminders of why we should maintain a positive attitude. Now, science has even discovered that a positive attitude has measurable effects on our health.

Research is showing that positive thinking can not only improve your quality of life, but it can actually increase your life expectancy. Positive thinking has long been associated with a variety of health benefits, including:

  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced incidents from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardship and times of stress

Recently, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health released their findings from an 11 year study on the effects of attitude on aging. They found that those that maintain a positive attitude towards aging experience the ability to live independently longer and are able to recover from illness or injury much quicker than those that view aging in a negative light.

In a previous 23 year study, the group found that individuals who view aging in a positive way live an average of 7.6 years longer than those who see aging as a negative.

So, what do the experts recommend? Make an effort each and every day to stay positive and maintain a positive self-image. That, however, does not mean being unrealistic or ignoring serious age-related problems. Try to stay on the lighter side of life. Don’t let the little things get you down. Who knows, it could add years to your life!

by Dylan Kessler
Primrose Staff Writer

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Reading Daily has Major Health Benefits

Summer Reading

What is on your summer reading list?

Summer is here, and with it comes the question, “What will you accomplish this summer?” Will you take up that hobby you have always meant to start, finish that project that has been sitting in the closet since last fall, or will it be a more literary goal?

For many, summer is the time to catch up on their reading. Few things are more relaxing, rewarding, and enjoyable than grabbing a good book, kicking back, and enjoying the sunshine.

Not only is reading a great way to pass the time and increase your vocabulary, experts agree that reading regularly has major health benefits.

Regular reading has been shown to:

  • relieve stress and anxiety
  • help prevent brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s Disease
  • contribute to the development of healthy sleeping patterns, especially if you read before bed
  • increase concentration levels
  • improve memory

The brain is like a muscle: it needs to be exercised regularly in order to function at the highest level. Reading regularly provides exactly the kind of exercise our brains need.

So, whether you are a book worm or are just getting back in the habit of reading regularly, take some time this summer to turn off the TV and computer, get comfortable, and crack open a good book.

Having a hard time choosing a book? Consider checking out one of the books from the current New York Times Best Seller’s List:

  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Hit by David Baldacci
  • Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz
  • Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
  • Zero Hour by Clive Cussler
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Sea Glass Island by Sherryl Woods
  • 12th of Never by James Patterson
  • Beauty From Surrender by Georgia Cates
  • Leopard’s Prey by Christine Feehan
  • A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
  • Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Just in case you are looking for something a bit more “classic,” here are a few that we recommend:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Do you have a favorite book that you would like to recommend? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

by Dylan Kessler
Staff Writer