The aging population is predicted to spend over $114 billion on anti-aging products in 2015. This is a substantial increase from the $80 billion recorded in 2014.
But what most elder citizens might not be aware of is that the best preventative technique for living a long, happy, and healthy life is to be more positive. (Which, we’ve found, will also make you more appealing. Throw away the creams and potions!)
When American centenarians were polled by UnitedHealthcare, the majority reported that they don’t actually feel old. In fact, of the 100 adults, all who are over 100 years of age, were polled, 60% of them saw themselves as “very positive people.” This hints at the importance having an optimistic outlook on life can have on your aging process.
Stress is, after all, one of the main contributors to most modern Neolithic diseases. Choosing to be happy will reduce your cortisol levels, and in effect, help you live a longer, happier life!
The majority of the individuals pointed to positivity as a key factor in helping them live a long and happy life.
“Year after year, we hear from centenarians that there is a correlation between healthy aging and a healthy mindset,” said Rhonda Randall, D.O., chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions. “It’s a good reminder for us all to take care of our mental, emotional and social health.”
The elder population also acknowledged the importance of family, with half of those polled saying they would rather spend time with their family than anyone else in the world – although comedic actress Betty White (who is 85) was a close second.
Thanks to modern technology, 83% of the centenarians said they can stay in touch with their family members on a daily or weekly basis.
John Robbins in his book, “Healthy at 100” gives grand evidence from the longest-lived cultures that close societal and family ties are also important in improving one’s likelihood to live healthfully into old age.
And finally, when the centenarian population was asked who they thought of as a role model growing up, nearly half of those polled chose their parents over any other individual, teacher, or celebrity. Who do you look up to?
There is so much wisdom to be gained from the elder population. Let this lesson hint at the importance of staying positive in the face of life’s great challenges. Optimism, it seems, will carry you through.
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