Friendships are worth building. For your brain’s sake. Having friends as you age helps your brain. In fact, it ‘might be the best brain booster as you age’.
I was once dragged along on a week-long community service trip called STORM Co—meaning Service To Others Really Matters. It was organised by my wife for a group of 20 or so local high school students. It wasn’t that I was opposed to the idea of community service, but I say ‘dragged along’ because my […]
It’s healthy to laugh. At the Let’s Laugh website you will find a whole list of health benefits of laughter. These include: boosting the immune system, reducing the risk of heart disease, decreasing stress, reducing blood pressure, it can even be a mild antidepressant. These are benefits worth having. Each one of them.
Not to be morbid, but when you die you’ll leave a legacy of some kind. If you’re fortunate to have enough money you may be able to fund something that will help a whole lot of people way into the future. For most of us, our legacy will be mostly unknown, except to our family and a few we may have impacted on the way.
Natural environments can lift us emotionally in rich and profound ways. This is because they impact positively on our limbic system (the centre of emotions in the brain, which, if stimulated in the right way is our ‘home of happy.’)
Sleep and retirement? What’s the connection? Simply this: research is demonstrating that sleep is a key to both physical and brain health.
A few years back I was interviewing Peter (not his real name) for a project I was working on. He’d retired quite a few years before and was talking about his working life. He was in charge of in-house communication for a well-known company in Australia and New Zealand. ‘It was the best job I ever had,’ he told me.
Nobel Prize-winning scientist and pioneering researcher into ageing, Elizabeth Blackburn, likes to talk about the healthy part of our life as our ‘health span’ and then as we age we move into the ‘disease span’. The trick is to try to lengthen our health span to keep the disease span as short as possible. This has the advantage that we age more slowly. And there are ways we can do that.
I was reminded of the need to keep our brains as healthy as possible when I came across Bill Lyon’s story. Bill has Alzheimer’s—or ‘Al’ as he calls it. He’s personalised his disease to help him fight it—him.
After reviewing many studies examining the relationship between longevity and happiness, renowned researcher Dr Ed Diener estimated that a very happy person is likely to live between four to 10 years longer than their unhappy neighbour.