Oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone,” is a neuropeptide that is released by the pituitary gland. Continue reading
[singlepic id=269 w=320 h=240 float=left]There’s a secret that’s much bigger than politics, health freedom, science or even the entire history of the human race. That secret remains entirely unacknowledged — even condemned — by the scientific community, and yet it is the single most important secret about everything that is. Yes, everything.
That secret is simply this: We all survive the physical death of our bodies. Our consciousness lives on, Continue reading
Everyone wants a healthy body. But what is supremely desirable and necessary for optimal health and contentment are daily feelings of peace and rewarding emotions. In this area, the foundation of a fulfilling, intimate relationship rests on you and your companion feeling satisfied and happy about how you relate to each other.
Men and Stress
Men usually don’t like to talk about their feelings of worry or sadness — not even with wife and family. At an early age, a man’s self-esteem becomes tied to his accomplishments in life. And, later, his self-esteem becomes dependent on his ability to provide for himself and his family.
Consequently, Continue reading
Individuals in satisfying marriages can probably attest that their relationships bring them feelings of joy and happiness. Now, researchers at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing report that a good marriage may also promote heart health.
In a study of 225 coronary bypass patients, a team of scientists found that being in a healthy marital union significantly increased an individual’s chances of survival 15 years after the operation.
Women who were happily married had an 83 percent chance of being alive 15 years after their bypass surgery, compared to 28 percent of females in unhappy marriages and 27 percent of single women. The survival rate for men in satisfying relationships was 83 percent, compared to 60 percent in men that were married but not happy and 36 percent of single men.
“Coronary bypass surgery was once seen as a miracle cure for heart disease,” said lead author Kathleen King. “But now we know that for most patients, grafts are a temporary patch, even more susceptible to clogging and disease than native arteries. So, it’s important to look Continue reading
Fat people are jollier
Ever since Falstaff, fatness has been associated with jollity. According to psychologists at Lakehead University in Canada, the “jolly fat” hypothesis might actually be true, at least among women. Not only have they found a link, they suggest a mechanism, too: estrogen.
They put forward the idea that body fat protects women again negative moods. In other words, the fatter a woman is, the less depressed she gets.
In the two-part research, the team looked at Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure that takes into account Continue reading
Love is the most powerful emotion you will ever experience, and studies show that while you are feeling it, endorphins and immune cells are produced in great number, boosting your health and longevity. For Valentine’s Day, share love and health with the special people in your life and lengthen your years.
1. Love = a Healthy Heart
Many studies have shown that relationships play a role in heart health. A study from the University of Texas Research, conducted with rabbits, found that love can reduce plaque buildup in your arteries, helping reduce overall risk of heart attack. In this study, rabbits were fed an artery-blocking diet, and some of the rabbits received love and affection while the others received none. The surprising results revealed that the rabbits given tender loving care had 60% less plaque buildup than their counterparts.
2. Get an Immune Boost with Love
Love in your life might just save you from the flu. One study showed that a five-minute episode of feeling genuine care or compassion enhanced the whole immune system, causing a gradual climb in secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), your body’s natural antibody against colds, flu, and other invading germs. Even watching movies about love or altruism, petting a fluffy animal pal, and practicing selfless service for others has been shown to increase levels of IgA.
3. Keep in Touch with Your Loved Ones
Human touch, long recognized as a powerful healing technique, increases your body’s production of endorphins, growth hormone, and DHEA, all of which lengthen your life span and lower the negative impact of stress. In fact, studies have found that unconscious patients who are regularly touched recover faster than those who are not touched. Researchers have also observed that orphaned babies stop growing and even die from the lack of touch and love. So hug, cuddle, and massage your loved ones to live longer.
4. Connect with Friends to Increase Your Lifespan
Humans have depended on one another for survival since time immemorial, and indeed, many studies have found that even today, people rich in social and community support are more likely to live longer than those with weak social connections. Even people with unhealthy lifestyles tend to live longer than people lacking in social and community support. According to a study recently put out by Brigham Young University, spending time with friends has an extremely positive effect on health and can cut your risk of an early death in half. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, the research team’s head said that lacking in social relationships “was equivalent to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day.” If you find yourself spending most of your time alone, reach out. Offer to babysit for family members or join groups of people who share similar interests and gather together in person. Feel your presence in the world and make it felt by others.
5. Prescription for Longevity: A Happy Marriage
Research has confirmed that happily married couples live, on average, four years longer than single people. According to one study, nearly 100 percent of male centenarians are married or have only recently been widowed. Psychologists attribute the increased life span to the sense of interconnectedness with another human being. Studies have indicated that a happy marriage improves your mood, positively affects your dietary decisions, and leads to a larger social network of friends — three major factors of longevity. People in a marriage also tend to take better care of each other; and feeling that someone would care for you in times of illness appears to increase the sense of security about the future, cutting back on stress.
Studies suggest that the longer a marriage lasts, the greater the rewards. These days, there are many forms of spouse-like relationships that may benefit in similar ways. But not all relationships positively affect our health. Other research has found that marriage problems may increase risk for heart disease by 34% and tend to result in a lower survival rate in women with breast cancer.
Bonus tip: If you have recently ended a relationship, you can strengthen your spirit with affirmations and invocations. Consider listening to Invocations for Health, Longevity, and Healing a Broken Heart, a powerful set of guided invocations.
6. Healthy Loving Lengthens Your Life Span
Healthy sex, nature’s fountain of youth, raises your levels of endorphins, DHEA, and growth hormone, which increase longevity. At the same time, sex lowers levels of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which decrease your life span. A Duke University study showed that women who were happy with their sex lives could live up to eight years longer compared with women who were indifferent to their sex lives. While healthy loving adds years to your life, it also takes years off your face, making you actually look younger. Studies show that people who are highly satisfied with their sex life looked 4 to 7 years younger than their peers. This results from reduced stress, greater happiness, and better sleep. So before you invest in a costly makeover, try improving your sex life.
If love equals health, how to manifest love? Begin by loving yourself. For your relationships, share your time, energy, and self with your loved ones. Look for ways to give back and make them happy. For instance, you might cook a meal or do the dishes as a pleasant surprise. Or you might send them a card, listing their many special qualities. It does not need to be elaborate or expensive, but it should show that you care and appreciate them. As you give freely of your love, you will receive meaningful love in return.
You can find many more ways that love helps you live to 100 in Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100, which is now available on Kindle. If you are interested in a structured longevity program, check out my new book Secrets of Longevity 8-Week Program, a journal that will transform your health and lengthen your years.
I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.
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The kids enthusiastically agreed that they could do everything better if they came from a mind-place of of IALAC: They laughed at images, “If I am really ‘Loving,’ I can be more patient when my dog throws up… or when my little sister grabs my stuff. If I am really ‘Capable,’ I can master my times-tables even though they’re hard for me.” The excitement of accessing a whole idea in a single word that could really alleviate their days’ stresses inspired even the most reticent to at least give it a go. The best part was that IALAC didn’t need to be cleaned, brushed or packed or refolded. Talk about Simple, Fun and Magical!
And did others get it in a way that raised their power and shifted their lives forever? Quite likely.
6. Think IALAC when your tendency has been to brush off courtesy and respect. Too tired for hello, please, thank you? Consciously create the world in which you place yourself. Your environment will mirror your behavior.
7. Think IALAC when your tendency has been to hear selectively or not at all. Pay attention and really concentrate on hearing others. What’s really being said?
9. Think IALAC when your tendency has been to anticipate stress, misery, failure, traffic. Replacing the anticipation of misery with openness and curiosity may not change the traffic, but it changes the damage to your body that negative anticipation creates. Remember that the mind doesn’t distinguish between real and imagined. Think anxiety and your body functions in stress.
11. Think IALAC and decide that the choices you make today will make a positive difference. Don’t let anyone, including you, diminish your IALAC badge (your self esteem). You are loving and capable… well, soon as you choose them.
Yes, these are the same skills shared with the children. Aren’t we, as adults, as much in need of reinforcing the good stuff?
Of course, for those of you who have learned self-hypnosis from me, see and feel yourself in a session of relaxation, coming from IALAC in each of your tasks for quick and deep learning. If you’d like me to make a new personal CD for you with your current goals, please email or contact me personally at my office.
KANSAS CITY – Having a pet in your life can help you stay hale and hearty, say researchers.
Owning a four-legged, furry pet would help lower blood pressure, encourage exercise and also improve psychological health.
“Pets are of great importance to people, especially during hard economic times,” said
“Pets provide unconditional love and acceptance and may be part of answers to societal problems, such as inactivity and obesity,” she added.
In a study sponsored by ReCHAI, ‘Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound and Stay Fit for Seniors’, a group of older adults were matched with shelter dogs, while another group of older adults were partnered with a human walk buddy.
For 12 weeks, participants were encouraged to walk on an outdoor trail for one hour, five times a week.
“The older people who walked their dogs improved their walking capabilities by 28 percent,” said
“They had more confidence walking on the trail, and they increased their speed.
“The older people who walked with humans only had a 4 percent increase in their walking capabilities.
“The human walking buddies tended to discourage each other and used excuses such as the weather being too hot,” she added.
The researchers will explore the many ways animals benefit people of all ages during the International Society for Anthrozoology and Human-Animal Interaction Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 20-25.
“Research in this field is providing new evidence on the positive impact pets have in our lives,” said
“A wonderful array of presentations will show how beneficial animals can be in the lives of children, families and older adults,” she added.
Broken Heart ‘Ups Heart Attack Risk’
LONDON – A broken heart can prove to be a serious health threat, say Australian researchers who found that people mourning the loss of a loved one are six times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest.
As per a Heart Foundation study of the physical changes suffered immediately after a profound loss, grieving people were at significantly higher risk of heart problems, said lead researcher
The study was conducted to “shed fresh light on why people traumatized by the loss of a loved one are more susceptible to having a heart attack”, reports The Daily Express.
A team at the University of Sydney, Australia, studied 80 bereaved adults to reach the conclusion.
“Overall, the bereaved had -increases in anxiety, depression and anger, with elevated stress hormones and -reduced sleep and appetite.
“They also showed increases in blood pressure and heart rate, – together with immune and blood -clotting changes – all changes that could contribute to a heart attack.”
The study was published in the -Internal Medicine Journal.