Another year is nearly done, and it’s an ideal time to reflect on life and relationships. It’s the season to celebrate the best in life, all the people and things that give your life meaning.
If you focus on the current news headlines, it’s all too easy to see an uncertain future that is greatly out of your control. Doesn’t it make more sense to consider what makes your life positive and purposeful? Happiness begins from within. (Massage can help you feel happy too!)
We can choose where to focus our attention and to put our efforts. The true rewards come when we seek to make a positive difference for ourselves and for those sharing our lives.
Part of making the very most of life is knowing what things contribute to a better existence and making wise choices each day. My purpose in providing you with this newsletter is to share the latest health-related information to inspire you to a healthier, happier life. It’s gratifying to see how massage consistently supports overall better mental and physical health, particularly by reducing stress and supporting your immune function.
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Happiness Supports Heart Health
People who have a positive outlook are significantly less likely to suffer a coronary event such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, according to new Johns Hopkins research.
Depression and anxiety have both already been shown to contribute to heart disease and fatal heart attacks.
This new research shows that "a general sense of well-being—feeling cheerful, relaxed, energetic and satisfied with life—actually reduces the chances of a heart attack," a Johns Hopkins press release noted.
Study leader Lisa R. Yanek, M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, emphasized that the mechanisms behind the protective effect of positive well-being remain unclear.
She also noted that her research offers insights into the interactions between mind and body, and could yield clues to those mechanisms in the future.
A report on the research is published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Mid-Life Stress Contributes to Developing Dementia Later in Life
Stress in mid-life has been linked to a heightened risk of dementia in late life, with stressors contributing up to a 20 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease, according to investigators in Sweden.
The brain may experience long-lasting physiological changes in response to common stressful events, researchers say.
They base their findings on 800 Swedish women whose mental health and wellbeing was formally tracked over a period of almost 40 years as part of the larger Prospective Population Study of Women in Gothenburg, Sweden, which started in 1968.
At their initial assessment, the women were surveyed about the psychological impact of 18 common stressors, including:
- Serious illness or death of a child
- Mental illness or alcoholism in a close family member
- Personal or partner's unemployment, and
- Poor social support
The number of stressors reported in 1968, the year of the first survey, was associated with a 21 percent heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and a 15 percent heightened risk of developing any type of dementia, the analysis showed.
"Stress may cause a number of physiological reactions in the central nervous, endocrine, immune and cardiovascular systems," the authors noted. They point to other studies showing that stress can cause structural and functional damage to the brain and promote inflammation.
Results were published in the British Medical Journal
A genetic guide to true happiness--
Human beings appear to be genetically engineered to be happiest and healthiest when we spend a lot of time selflessly helping others—and unhealthy when we’re mostly devoted to self-gratification. That’s the eye-opening conclusion of University of North Carolina researchers, based on a study of 80 volunteers.
The study subjects were asked how often they felt hedonic pleasure—the kind of happiness brought about by enjoying a tasty meal or buying themselves something. They were also asked how often they contributed something important to society that gave them a deeper sense of purpose. The researchers then drew the subjects’ blood, and found that the genes of the volunteers whose lives contained lots of pleasure but little meaning were priming cells to express high levels of inf lammation—which is linked to cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease—and a weaker anti-viral response to infections. “Their daily activities provide short-term happiness yet result in negative physical consequences long-term,” psychophysiologist Barbara Fredrickson tells ScienceDaily.com.
People who emphasize service to others and a connection to community, on the other hand, showed a pattern of gene expression linked to less inflammation and stronger immunity. There are two distinct kinds of happiness, says study co-author Steven Cole, and “our genes can tell the difference.”
— THE WEEK Vol 13 Iss 634
Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.
— Lillian Dickson
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
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