Optimism Can Extend Your Life

I loved reading this brief article last year, which told about research showing staying optimistic and maintaining a positive outlook can directly extend the length of your life. The 30-year study followed 1,200 elderly people who were born in 1920 or 1921. The researchers analyzed their health, ability to function,…

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The Importance of Hobbies

A Wall Street Journal article last year talked about why hobbies are so important in retirement. I have many interests and believe I will not have a problem staying busy when I retire one day, but I was interested in seeing what they had to say, because hobbies are important…

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Critical Rules for Brain Health

I’ve written more than once about brain health, including earlier this year. Here is another list of critical rules for brain health from an excellent article I read: Keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check Manage sugar levels Get quality sleep Eat a nutritious diet Don’t smoke (and avoid…

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Better Eating

Even if you know how you should be eating, you may still have a hard time sticking to good eating habits—most people do. A Wall Street Journal article last year had some great advice from a scientific study about how to eat better. Set one or two specific rules, and…

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Key Elements for Happy Living

I’ve written before about Arthur Brooks – articles of his I’ve read, the time I saw him as an event speaker, and episodes of his “How to Build a Happy Life” podcast. I very much enjoyed this podcast episode of his, featuring Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist and a Professor of…

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Keeping Your Brain Healthy

I’ve written many times about best practices for your health, and I regularly read health-related articles. Whether the articles are about reducing the chances of being impacted by cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or Alzheimer’s, the suggestions all tend to revolve around eating well, exercising, managing stress, not smoking, and getting…

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Be Well

In my speaking engagements and in my book, I have placed extra emphasis on the first and last of my Six Simple Rules. (I also put them first and last because they are the most critical.) The first is “Be Happy” and the sixth is “Be Healthy”. I never considered…

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