How many times have you been told, “Think positive!” or “Just chill out.”?
Usually, someone says this to you when you’re feeling low, or angry, or upset – and they’re trying to make you feel better.
Of course, if you’re in a REALLY bad mood, being told to “Think positive!” can be kind of annoying.
But you know what’s even more annoying?
Thinking positive and taking time to “chill out” may be the best things you can do for your health.
In fact, it can save your brain from memory loss and dementia.
It could be the easiest way to live a long, disease-free life – with all your brain cells intact!
A study conducted in Sweden has found that people who are more relaxed and socially active have a lower risk of developing dementia.
The study tracked more than 500 people aged 78+ and didn’t have dementia.
Over a period of six years, researchers examined the participants’ lifestyle and personality traits.
They asked questions about their daily life, their thoughts and feelings, and general mood patterns.
During the study, 144 of the 500 participants developed dementia.
When researchers investigated the questionnaires answered by the participants over the six years, they found something very interesting.
The people who DIDN’T develop dementia were generally more relaxed and happier than those who did.
They were also more social, more outgoing, and – yep, more positive.
The study concluded that attitude and lifestyle both play a major role in your risk of developing dementia.
The researchers analyzed the accumulated data for possible associations between cognitive function, neuroticism, and other characteristics, as well as lifestyle factors.
People who are highly strung or very neurotic are more likely to develop dementia than those who are calmer, more relaxed and self-satisfied.
This risk is even higher if they are also socially isolated and inactive.
In fact, the people with all these risks were three times more likely to develop dementia than those who were both emotionally stable but just as isolated and inactive.
According to psychologists, it’s your outlook that predicts your health outcomes.
Your psychological well being is as important as your physical well being.
Emotional vitality is your sense of hopefulness, enthusiasm, involvement in social activities and your ability to cope with stress and pressure.
All these things contribute to a substantially reduced risk of chronic health problems, such as dementia, heart attack, and stroke
This finding isn’t new.
Past studies have also shown that people who worry a lot or get stressed easily are much more likely to suffer from cognitive decline and dementia later in life.
It’s also been found that when animals are placed under constant psychological stress, their brains undergo both physical and mental changes.
They develop memory problems, which is linked to the development of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Basically, people who are prone to depression and anxiety are at an even greater risk of suffering from severe memory loss and dementia…
So, what can you do about this?
Think positive, of course!
And take a chill pill every now and then!
Of course, this is easier said than done.
Boosting your mood and improving your emotional wellbeing isn’t just a matter of flicking a switch.
You can’t even get it from a pill, either.
To be free from dementia and memory loss, your mind must be healthy and positive as often as possible.
And just like exercising your body to keep it fit and strong, you must exercise your mind in order to keep it healthy and positive.
This can be done with a few simple daily routines – starting now.