Have you ever heard the term, “Finding your Passion”? Usually it is used in the context of finding a career or making a change in your life but it is also a powerful tool for living a long and healthy life. Your “passion” can be many things. It can be any kind of hobby or interest. It can also be finding a purpose for your life.
Hobbies and Interests
As you age and things may slow down (retirement, kids growing up, etc.) it is important for a Long & Healthy life to keep active. The best suggestion is to find something interesting to do. The easy choice is merely to relax: Watch more TV, eat out more often, talk on the phone as much as you want. The better choice, not only for your happiness but also for your health, is to discover something more meaningful to devote yourself to and pursue it wholeheartedly. A growing body of scientific research shows that doing something that interests you offers big mind-body benefits in your fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond.
Plenty of research – and plenty more real people- prove that following everyday interests is a powerful antidote to aging.
Some advice is to get involved, feeling the sense of flow that comes when you’re absorbed in something – whether it’s baking cupcakes, reading a novel, or playing a game with friends. In a study, for example, people who found time every day for hobbies, reading and friends ranked their satisfaction with the aging process higher than those who were isolated and had fewer interests.
The extra benefit of pursuing your interest: By cutting stress, it can lower your blood pressure and tame stress hormones that can wreak havoc with your blood sugar – thereby cutting your odds of having heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.
Friends, Family & Loved Ones
Close connections are a source of joy in the moment and offer a sturdy shield against the stress that can lead to health problems in the long term. Scientific journals are bursting with evidence that having friends around changes the biochemistry of your brain, pumping up feelings of joy and well-being that bolster immunity. The more close friends you have, the greater the odds that you’ll be healthy and live longer, while being lonely puts you at risk for an earlier death, high blood pressure, depression, and accidents at home and on the road.
I am happy to report that furry, four-legged friends are a part of the equation for a long, happy, sociable life, too. In one study of hard-driving stockbrokers, all of whom took ACE inhibitor drugs for high blood pressure, those who got a cat or dog reduced the size of stress related spikes in their blood pressure readings by half.
No matter what your age, it is never too early, or too late, to start following this advice for living a long and healthy life. Find hobbies now that interest you which can continue with you for life. Also, finding a purpose for your life (helping others whether it be children, homeless, animal causes, etc.) are also important activities that can carry with you for years to come.
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