It’s a pretty sunny day here in Panama City, Florida.
Yet, it’s so cold!
The frigid wind’s outta the north at 10 – 15 mph. And, the temperature isn’t expected to edge past 59 degrees. Better days are coming, though. Supposed to get back into the 70’s by Monday.
Hope you’re snug, feeling good and enjoying 2015!
It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
Benefits Of Pro-Age Thinking:
How we think about aging effects how long we live.
If we believe that aging is something we should dread and fight against, that will become our reality.
According to Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist,
…The way you perceive aging can actually influence how you age. Aging, like many aspects of life, is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Positive and negative attitudes can affect your health behaviorally, psychologically and even biologically.
Being “pro-aging,” or satisfied with your own aging, can make you adopt healthier behaviors, feel in control of how you age and even heighten your immune system Being ‘anti-aging’, or perceiving aging negatively, can do the opposite…”
In an article I read, the good doctor also lists 5 different benefits we’ll get when we use the power of mind and adopt a ‘Pro-Aging’ attitude.
To learn of those benefits, and to also read her article, click on the following blue link. Benefits Of Pro-Age Thinking
The Happiness U-Curve:
We all wanna be happy, as even America’s founding fathers pointed out in the United States Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”
But, did you know researchers have now identified four distinct factors involved with being happy?
- personality traits
- external circumstances
Surprisingly, chronological age plays a big role in our happiness.
Sociological studies have turned up a happiness theory that’s been coined ‘The Happiness U-Curve’. And, it goes something like this:
We start out our adult life feeling pretty happy. But those feelings turn increasingly sour until our happiness quotient reaches its lowest point during the period we commonly call, ‘mid-life’. As in ‘mid-lire crisis.
But, if we live beyond mid-life, we generally begin recovering our lost feelings of happiness, even though we lose some physical and mental powers from the effects of getting older. And, up to extreme health problems, we continue to feel happier as we get older.
So the ‘Happiness U-Curve’, or U-Turn, is we start life happy; we get increasingly unhappy until we bottom out at 46 to 50 years-old; then we start getting happier as we age.
Naturally there’re some theories about why this is, more or less, an universal phenomenon. As in, the whole cause and effect deal, like, who came 1st the chicken or the egg, question.
You can read an entertaining article that expands on this theme, written by Helen Dennis, when you click on the following blue link: The Happiness U-Curve
Gross National Happiness Police:
This bit ties in with the above Happiness U-Turn entry…
It seems some economists weren’t satisfied just measuring traditional economic statistics like international movements of money and national GNP’s. Nope, a buncha of them have been hard at work measuring public ‘happiness’.
(We all know how wild and crazy economists are.)
And, in doing so, they’ve inadvertently opened up a big load of a Pollyannaish kinda Pandora’s Box.
I mean, since the economists legitimized happiness as a valid research subject, some, probably well-meaning, people seem to wanna take this ‘happiness’ thing seriously. And, the whole ‘are you happy’ type questions may have gotten a smigin outta hand…
Case in point:
Leaders in Bhutan, a small country in SE Asia, near the Himalayas, have actually come up with a formula for measuring their public’s GNH… (Gross National Happiness).
In Bhutan, before new policies are passed, the proposals have to undergo a GNH assessment.
This is a process similar to the environmental-impact assessments common in more industrialized countries. e.g. how would enactment of proposed whatever, effect the public’s happiness?
Even France and Great Britain have got on board the happiness ga-ga train. To wit:
France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, asked two Nobel-prize-winning economists, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, to come up with a broader measure of national contentedness than GDP.
Then, in a touchy-feely gesture not typical of Britain, David Cameron announced that the British government would start collecting figures on well-being…”
Well, shades of George Orwell’s classic satire, 1984.
Actually, I find all this endearing. (a word I doubt I’d use if we were talking in person 😉 And, I read an interesting article about this movement, a couple days ago.
I think you’d like it too. You can read it when you click on the following blue link: Gross National Happiness Police
Is Aging The Active Process Of Self-Destruction?
While researching stories for this week’s Aging News, I ran across Josh Mitteldorf’s blog.
Based upon the content of his posts, this gentleman just might be considered somewhat of a maverick bent.
Yet, and I poked around his blog quite extensively, I ended up liking him and the way he thinks.
Plus, and I really dig this, he made me stop and reconsider some of my own conclusions about, well, just about everything he writes about.
Won’t say I always agree with Mr. Mitteldorf.
But, if everyone agreed with me, I’d never learn anything new. And, like the surprising Miss Taylor Swift reportedly said, “If I’m the smartest person in the room, I’m in the wrong room…”
One of his blog posts I thought especially fun to read, and think about, was in response to the question: “What Is Aging? subtitled: Most Scientist Still Get It Wrong”.
Well, Mr. Mitteldorf doesn’t waste a lot of time before he concludes that ‘Aging Is The Active Process Of Self-Destruction’. (I’m using the reporter’s prerogative paraphrase a little)
I guess I’m just really, really, superficial. Because, I don’t recall thinking of aging as being an active, anything. On the other hand, I don’t mind considering the possibility…
All in all, though, this is a thoughtful post which I enjoyed reading. You’d probably like it too…
You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: Is Aging The Active Process Of Self-Destruction?
The Beauty Of Getting Old:
Forget all about anti-aging products and the search for the “source of eternal youth,” now the trend is showing off your real age…”
So says, Maria Fernandez, in an entertaining article at: Premium Beauty News.
To this attitude of being ‘pro-aging’ rather than ‘anti-aging’ I say, “About time!”
It’s high time our society gave natural beauty, at any age, its due. I mean, we can’t look 37 forever, can we? Nor, should we feel pressure to try.
To read a little more about the grassroots movement towards ‘pro-aging’, click on the following blue link: The Beauty Of Getting Old
Texas Plumber’s Work Truck Used As Mideast War Machine:
When Mark Oberholtzer, a plumber for 30 years, replaced his old work truck with a newer model, he never thought the old truck would end up getting him into the news.
Yet, that’s exactly what happened.
Somehow, Mark’s old work truck ended up being used to carry anti-aircraft guns in war torn Syria. And, a picture to prove it, was displayed on Twitter.
To see the picture and to read more about this, click on the following blue link: Mideast War Machine
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.