three traits of optimal aging
Of the many factors that make up our health and weather it is good or bad, our personality and outlook on life aren’t often discussed. Discussed in “The Okinawa Program” personality is associated with longevity, which has been studied and shown that there are key characteristics that are linked to having better health. Ask yourself ands someone close to you if some of your traits include being: ” easygoing, cheerful, self-confident, adaptable, active, independent, creative, happy, relaxed, satisfied, calm, open, agreeable, conscientious, sociable, and having a high tolerance for frustration” ? There is a newer field of science that studies the connections of the mind, stress, and our immune system, called psychoneuroimmunology, which has verified that stress not only has negative effects on our mental health but our immune function as well.
The premise of the book came through 25 years of research with the Okinawa Centenarian Study, which was sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Health. Interestingly what they found that made a pleasing personality of the “oldest old” Americans were three characteristics culminated into having a “resiliency of character”. The three traits for healthy aging:
1. Self-confidence: Do you tell yourself “I can do this!” Or are you a “I can’t” type of person? Do you doubt yourself? Do you limit your abilities?
2. Independence: Can you rely on yourself? Are you a self motivator? Do you think for yourself?
3. Strength of Will: Do you have discipline? Is perseverance in your personality? Do you have the strength to carry out your life plan?
Question yourself and put your personality in check,mate!
In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.