There is longevity in positivity.
Be positive… for your good health and for the health of those around you.
According to an article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology entitled “Positive emotions in early life and longevity: Findings from the nun study: by Danner, Snowdon and Friesen”, positivity can have an impact on longevity.
An abstract of the article says: Handwritten autobiographies from 180 Catholic nuns, composed when participants were a mean age of 22 years, were scored for emotional content and related to survival during ages 75 to 95.
A strong inverse association was found between positive emotional content in these writings and risk of mortality in late life.
As the quartile ranking of positive emotion in early life increased, there was a stepwise decrease in risk of mortality resulting in a 2.5-fold difference between the lowest and highest quartiles.
Positive emotional content in early-life autobiographies was strongly associated with longevity 6 decades later.
This is one reason we have started the venture Positive Community
This is also why we use Baroque music in the Super Thinking sessions at all our seminars and courses. Super Thinking creates a state of relaxed concentration and reduces stress. But one might ask how does this work.
Negativity and stress can be created by insufficient serotonin.
An article at womenshealth.com entitled “Negativity and Your Health – How Stress Can Make You Sick” says: Stressful environments. Jobs that impose high demands for output of services or products but allow workers little control over how those demands are met have been termed high-strain jobs. Psychologists Robert Karasek, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts, and Tores Theorell, MD, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, have documented that people working in high-strain jobs are more likely to develop high blood pressure, infections, and job-related injuries, as well as heart disease.
This clustering may be the result of reduced brain levels of the chemical serotonin, a neurotransmitter that nerves use to relay messages to one another. When serotonin levels are low, we are more likely to be angry, depressed, and anxious; to be less interested in relating to other people; to have greater fight-or-flight responses when stressed; and to smoke, drink, and eat more than is good for us.
If true, this theory could point to the brain’s serotonin system as a key neurobiological mechanism that regulates our ability to be in control. Two studies have found weaker brain serotonin function in persons with lower income and education levels.
In his most recent research, Redford has begun to study how genes that are involved in regulation of serotonin affect all of these health-damaging psychosocial, biological, and behavioral characteristics.
How are Baroque music, Super Thinking and serotonin connected?
An article at classicalforums. com entitled “Effect of Classical Music on the Brain” helps us understand the connection between baroque music and serotonin. Here is an excerpt (bolds are mine).
Classical music affects the brain’s organization and abilities, through its melody and rhythm. The rhythm raises the level of serotonin produced in your brain.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, involved in the transmission of nerve impulses that helps maintaining joyous feelings. When the brain produces serotonin, tension is eased.
In fact depression is a consequence of the scarce production of this hormone. Serotonin is released when the brain is “positively shocked”. For instance: if we look at a splendid painting, smell a delicious scent, feel an extraordinary sensation, eat something delicious or listen to some charming music, then the brain lets off a certain amount of serotonin which arouses and maximizes pleasant feelings. Music’s rhythm can also stimulate other natural cadencies of the body, resembling the heartbeat, or the Alfa-rhythm of the brain, and this effect is used to counter the development of clinical depression. The melody instead, is the “sparkle” that catalyses the creative process in our minds.
Being positive is good for creativity, happiness and longevity… whenever you work or learn, it’s a good idea to find some way to gain super thinking and positive good health!
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