The Secret To Longevity

The Secret To Longevity

In 1921, Dr. Lew Terman of Stanford University, began evaluating 10-year-old children, and this research, (thanks to other researchers who continued the study long after his death in 1956) has now spanned 90 years.

Among the many fascinating findings, there’s one very important discovery:

There’s a CLEAR relationship between healthy brain function and longevity.

Dr. Terman’s work also shows that the subjects who lived full, happy and successful lives into their 90’s showed one common denominator:

A high level of conscientiousness.

Dr. Terman and colleagues Dr. Friedman and Martin wrote

“While it is very important to live a healthy active life, the thing that will enable to you to live the longest is “conscientiousness.”

This study showed that chronic stress is a killer, yet overly carefree subjects had shorter lives. Dr. Terman found that while it’s good to have fun and be spontaneous, giving in to your impulses all the time can have a significant impact on your health. Being conscientious proves to be healthier and help you live longer

To me, that means…we get to find the SWEET SPOT

The place between paying attention and being conscientious (aware) and not worrying too much. This requires intention-living your life in a way that is both mindful and allows you to spend your time on the things that matter to you.

Conscientious people have been shown to:

-have happier marriages
-better friendships
-healthier work situations
-greater success

This is because conscientious people intentionally create healthy, long-life pathways for themselves, versus going through the motions of life or blindly going along with what others tell them to do.

Here are some qualities conscientious people display:

The place between paying attention and being conscientious (aware) and not worrying too much. This requires intention-living your life in a way that is both mindful and allows you to spend your time on the things that matter to you.

Conscientious people have been shown to:

-have happier marriages
-better friendships
-healthier work situations
-greater success

This is because conscientious people intentionally create healthy, long-life pathways for themselves, versus going through the motions of life or blindly going along with what others tell them to do.

Here are some qualities conscientious people display:

  1. hey are mindful of those around them, leading to deeper and more meaningful relationships. They learn not to offend or upset others by either their words or actions and have more peace.
  2. They are organized (but not compulsive) with their surroundings which leads to efficiency.
  3. They develop a sense of duty and make positive contributions to our world.
  4. They gain a feeling of true confidence, knowing they can get things done and accomplish the things they want to accomplish.
  5. They are more achievement-oriented and have a strong sense of direction and the drive to be successful at whatever they do.
  6. They can keep their schedule, be on time for appointments, make plans for the future and keep them and budget their finances more effectively. (less stress)
  7. They have persistence– the ability to stay on track despite the obstacles that come their way.
  8. They are thoughtful and think through possibilities before acting (Emotional Capacity)
  9. They have initiative to set goals, and then concentrate their energy towards achieving them which leads to higher level positions, better paying jobs and the ability to run their own business.
  10. They care about consequences and have impulse control over what they eat, their lifestyle habits how they invest their money, who they have in their inner circle and their decision-making process (which enables them to make good decisions confidently).

THE GOOD NEWS

Here’s what else this study in longevity revealed:

The quality of your conscientiousness is a direct reflection of the physical health of your brain, specifically your prefrontal cortex (PFC).

Over 90 years, these researchers have seen that you CAN change your level of conscientiousness by changing the way you operate and by changing your brain.

As Dr. Terman put it:

People can and do change their patterns and habits when they seek out responsibility.

My clients take MANY steps to improve their brain health, and every now and then one of them will say…does taking care of myself have to be so much work?

My answer is what Dr. Terman would answer…

Work is good for you, especially if you like it and if it involves passion and a significant effort to succeed. Taking on increased responsibility is helpful to long-term health. That includes taking on responsibility for you best health and life!

That’s what I teach you in our programs. To take responsibility for the quality of your own health and life and to begin by changing your brain. When you do, the “work” of self-care becomes a passion and this concentration of your energy will bring you success in EVERY area of your life. And it will bring you JOY.

Here’s to your BEST brain!

Leah

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