Diamond Minds Barry Farber discusses living longer, heathier and happier lives.
Diamond Minds By Barry Farber Living Longer, Healthier & Happier Lives C entenarians—people who live to 100 years or more—come from a wide range of areas, lifestyles and backgrounds. But a salient commonality they share is staying very active well into their senior years. While it helps to have good genes, to exercise and follow a healthy diet, a key to their longevity is their continued engagement in life, coupled with a positive attitude. they spend hours and hours doing mental and physical ﬁtness programs; actually, moderate rather than exhaustive activity characterizes them best. ey believe in 'Use it or lose it.' Non-users become old, weak, and inﬁrm faster than users. Lack of physical activity wastes muscles, weakens the heart and thickens the arteries." According to Dr. Sharma the mind works in the same way—when we don't try new things How do people live long and healthy lives into their 80s, 90s and beyond? Consider the case of Jeanne Louise Calment, the longest living person in recorded history who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days. Wikipedia states that Calment's remarkable vigor presaged her later record. At age 85 she took up fencing. At 100 she was still riding a bicycle. Vijai P. Sharma, Ph.D. studies the characteristics of people who live beyond age 90. He says "Nonagenarians keep themselves mentally and physically active. is does not mean that and stop the learning process it makes the mind dull and concentration poor, weakens memory, and decreases our problem-solving abilities. Other tips on staying healthy and ﬁt (mentally and physically) and living a longer, healthier, happier life include: 1. Keep your sense of humor. Laugh more and be around people who make you laugh. Doctors have proven that laughter decreases stress, strengthens your immune system, increases oxygen to your blood, de- creases your blood Barry Farber pressure, and creates an enzyme that protects your stomach against stress. 2. You are what you eat. Eat more fruits, nuts, vegetables and ﬁsh and less processed foods, white sugar and ﬂour, and saturated fats. 3. Take up a new hobby or interest. As Dr. Sharma noted above, keep learning new things. It keeps your mind working and makes life much more interesting. 4. Live in the moment. Live like you're going to die tomorrow and learn like you're going to live forever. Try following the tenet of this inspiring teaching, written 4,500 years ago in Sanskrit: "Look well to this one day, for it and it alone is life. In the brief course of this one day lie all the verities and realities of your existence; the pride of growth, the glory of action, the splendor of beauty. Yesterday is only a dream, and tomorrow is but a vision. Yet each day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life." Barry Farber consults with businesses to help them break through sales clutter and land more deals. He specializes in developing simple yet creative strategies that get results. He is the best-selling author of 11 books, a black-belt weapons expert, and a regular on QVC, marketing innovative products. His latest release is a 6-CD program, Diamond in the Rough (Nightingale Conant Corporation). Contact him at 973-535-9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. presents… Health & Beauty Advertising Deadline: 3/08/09 In Home Date: 3/31/09 Contact your Marketing Consultant for more information: 973-276-1688 March 2011 VicinityMagazine.com 43
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