Let’s face it: This hasn’t exactly been a banner year for optimists.
Even the sunniest dispositions have been tested by the pandemic, the economic crisis, the political brawling, and the natural disasters. And… well… we’ve still got six weeks of 2020 left, so buckle up.
On the other hand, we’ve taken a licking, but we’re still ticking!
We’ve looked ALL of that nonsense in the eye and haven’t blinked. So while this may not be the IDEAL circumstances for a holiday season, I, for one, am planning to enjoy and celebrate every moment of it.
And I hope you do, too.
You’ve earned it. You deserve it. And it turns out giving yourself permission to feel some genuine joy, especially in these dark times, can do something else for you.
It could help save your brain from the ravages of age. In fact, it could help head off memory loss.
Memory loss is linked to a poor outlook
Don’t worry. No one suggests you’ve got to set your sights on winning the sunshine contest or turn into some kind of Pollyanna. You and I both know life’s more than raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
But you can’t let the bad stuff keep you down, either.
First, there’s your quality of life at stake here. You owe it to yourself to live life to its fullest and love every minute of it. And if you’re spending all your time as a Gloomy Gus, that sure isn’t happening.
And second, new research shows how a positive outlook is absolutely critical to your brain health.
Scientists tracked nearly 1,000 people for DECADES. They checked in with them every now and again to measure their attitudes and optimism levels, while also giving them some memory tests along the way.
Over that time, they found… as you’d guess… that everyone suffered at least some memory loss. But some of these folks did a whole lot better than others – and they had one very crucial factor in common.
They were far more positive and optimistic.
It appears that a good attitude alone can help influence the aging process inside the brain itself. It can make your brain more resilient to the one-two punch of time and toxins. While a lousy outlook can allow aging and contaminates to virtually eat holes in your memory leading to memory loss.
Ditch the bad attitude for better brain and heart health
I know these findings may seem like a fluke. And if this were the only study of its kind, I wouldn’t even waste your time with it. But it’s not.
Studies have repeatedly found a direct link between your attitude and your health, especially in your brain.
For example, one report published earlier this year found that the folks with the most negative attitudes also accumulate more tau and beta-amyloid in the brain. Those are the two damaging proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
And other studies have found bad attitudes and negativity can lead to poor cardiovascular health, including a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
Hey, I’m not out to change anyone’s personality here. We are who we are, especially at this point in life. But since we’re here anyway, I vote we do our best to enjoy it while it lasts. And you’ll be helping fight memory loss at the same time.
The holidays are coming up. So why not go ahead and make them memorable? I know I will be.
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