Da Nang Damned!

Friday, November 22, 2013


My Mom's ninety-one years young and still gets around pretty good, is optimistic and funny. Now she doesn't drive anymore and lives with my sister she is fully capable of taking care of herself. What's her secret? Well good genes help, but more than that it's Mom's positive outlook on life that I believe really makes a difference and is her secret to a long live. You see Mom sees life as an adventure. She looks forward to each day with optimism. She's currently looking forward to a month in Florida and seeing her grandson and his family. In fact she plans to go to Europe in 2015! Even death doesn't seem to hold much fear for her. Mom just sees it as another adventure! Is there a lesson here? Well lets take a look at a study done nine years ago. A study group -- 999 men and women aged 65 to 85 -- completed a questionnaire on health, self-respect, morale, optimism and relationships. Since then, 397 of them have died. Optimistic participants had a 55 percent lower risk of death from all causes and 23 percent lower risk of death from heart failure. The work, announced today, was led by Erik Giltay of the Psychiatric Center GGZ Delfland, in The Netherlands. That's proof enough for me that my Mom is on to something. Mom does she life as an adventure, because she's an optimist. A pessimist might say "life sucks". Think about how these two attitudes toward might effect your well being. After all isn't easier to go through life with a positive outlook than a negative.

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