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Love Life? How to live well to 100+

Who knew that today about 450 people worldwide are over the age of 110, and many more have reached 100?  No longer an anomaly,  over 50,000 in the U.S.  and 100,000 throughout the globe have celebrated a triple digit birthday! Our amazing aging neighbors are who we will become, and they have simple truths that […]

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Love Life? How to live well to 100+

Who knew that today about 450 people worldwide are over the age of 110, and many more have reached 100?  No longer an anomaly,  over 50,000 in the U.S.  and 100,000 throughout the globe have celebrated a triple digit birthday! Our amazing aging neighbors are who we will become, and they have simple truths that ensure the test, or should I say, “best,” of time.

Enjoy an active lifestyle, and a healthy sense of humor

Jeanne Louise Calment, the oldest recorded human, lived to 122 years (France, 1875-1997), took up fencing at 85 and rode a bicycle at 100. When asked what she expected of the future she replied “a very short one!”  Often infectious, laughter decreases stress, increases immune cells and triggers the release of endorphins, a potent cocktail of natural medicine.  

Christiane Northrup, M.D.  describes aging as the  “chronic deterioration as we move through time”, with cumulative effects apparent later in life. However, it can begin as early as during our 20’s, when we move into sedentary lifestyles of sitting all day.  

Since this is optional, why not change that life script, and turn the biological clock back? Set your phone alarm hourly, push away from the desk,  take a brisk walk, have a mini dance party,  get jiggy.  And bring a good joke/cartoon/video clip to share over lunch.  When asked by his wife where he’d like to be buried, 100 year old Bob Hope replied, “Surprise me”, ending a life of comedy with the perfect punchline.
Unlocking the Secrets to a Longer Life

Adopt good eating habits, reduce stress

Interviews with 50 of the oldest living humans (100+) conducted by photographer Jerry Friedman

reveal common diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables and absent over-consumption, alcohol and drugs.  Despite credit of strong genetics as a 30%  predictor,  research conducted by Carl Eisdorpher, M.D., University of Miami Center on Aging,  also underscores a diet rich with healthy foods with little overeating, alcohol and drugs.  

Far from a purist, I  do feel empowered when I eat mindfully, or dodge a sugar binge with an apple or banana .

Along with healthy eating, strong social networks comprised of family and friends can eliminate the stress factors of isolation, loneliness and depression.  Friendships increase self-confidence, self-worth, help us cope with loss or trauma, and encourage healthy choices. Our social and family communities validate our existence, our values and sense of purpose.

Within a community, support keeps us  optimistic,  and benefits from our contributions. And because our ability  to learn, practice and adapt optimizes the plasticity of our brains  centenarians share that learning not only keeps us young, it inspires joy.  

So, a diet of movement, laughter, good food, curiosity, and the kindness of love in friendship may pave our path through a century…sounds scrumptious!

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These Centenarians Share 18 Powerful Pieces Of Wisdom About Life https://iheartintelligence.com/centenarians-wisdom-life/ Tue, 08 Dec 2015 12:53:00 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=13179 The post These Centenarians Share 18 Powerful Pieces Of Wisdom About Life appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

These Centenarians Share 18 Powerful Pieces Of Wisdom About Life

The adage “wisdom comes with age” is pretty accurate. The things you learn throughout your life-experience teach you how to find true happiness, and show you what really matters. Buy an “Intelligence is sexy” t-shirt! There are some people in this world who have managed to exceed the general life expectancy age of 78 (US 2015) […]

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These Centenarians Share 18 Powerful Pieces Of Wisdom About Life

The adage “wisdom comes with age” is pretty accurate. The things you learn throughout your life-experience teach you how to find true happiness, and show you what really matters.
Buy an “Intelligence is sexy” t-shirt!

There are some people in this world who have managed to exceed the general life expectancy age of 78 (US 2015) and lived past 100 years.

So what does one learn about life after spending over a century on this planet? What pieces of wisdom can they bestow upon us that can change our perceptions and values? I’ve gathered some bits advice from some folks who were 100 or older at the time, to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

A thread on Reddit was created by a young man who wanted people to ask his 101-year-old grandmother questions about life. These are some of her responses:

What is one piece of advice you wish to pass down on someone in their 20’s?

“Don’t ever give up. You are young and there will be hard times ahead. Don’t give up. Don’t ever.”

What is the greatest lesson that you have learned?

“Be honest. I’ve rarely lied. And when you are honest with people it comes back to you and they are honest with you. Its to much work keeping up with a lie, you don’t need the extra stress.”

Any advice on making it past 100?

“Always listen to the other person. You’ll learn something. Try to sit back, because you will learn a lot more listening to others than telling them what you know.”

What is one experience you would recommend to absolutely everyone that they must do once in their lifetime?

“See as much of the world as you can!”

Any secrets you can share, health wise, that you think may have helped you achieve living such a long life (diet, exercise, genetics, etc.)?

“Take naps every day.”

Author Bel Kaufman was 100 when she spoke at Iona College. What are the ingredients for a  happy life? Humor and passion.

“[Humor is] a life force, a way of surviving the difficulties of living.”

“I think [people] have to be curious. They have to be interested in life outside their little aches and pains. They have to be excited about seeing new things, meeting new people, watching a new play—just passionate about life.”

“I don’t care what you’re passionate about: maybe saving Dixie cup covers. But if you do it passionately, you’re alive.”

104 year old Dr Shigeaki Hinohara is the author of  Living Long, Living Good, and shared these brilliant pieces of advice on life.

“Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: You don’t know when your number is up, and you can’t take it with you to the next place.”

“Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.”

“My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem ‘Abt Vogler.’ My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.”

Elsa Bailey celebrated her 100th birthday by skiing in Colorado. She told ABC News a couple things she has learned to keep her going.

“If you’re positive you can get through it OK. When you think negatively, you’re putting poison on your body. Just smile. They say laughter is the best medicine there is.”
Read: In Memory of Dr. Wayne Dyer – 21 of his Greatest Inspirational Quotes

“Be active. I do things my way, like skiing when I’m 100. Nobody else does that even if they have energy. And I try to eat pretty correctly, and get exercise and fresh air and sunshine.”

This centenarian shared the following on what she has learned in the past 100 years of her life.

“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

“The only thing constant is change, so you have to learn to embrace it.”

“You will one day realize you spent too much time worrying about nothing.”

“I’m not saying you have to practice one religion or another, or not practice one religion or another… I’m just saying that you should figure out what you believe in and live it completely.”

“Don’t take life so seriously.”

With the majority of us measuring our lives in deadlines and due-dates, a few helpful words of wisdom from those who have been around longer may change how we spend our days. Remember the basics- it’s not rocket science. Laugh, love, relax… it’s only temporary.

Written by Raven Fon

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Research: Sex Could Improve Brain Function https://iheartintelligence.com/improve-brain-function/ Sat, 31 Oct 2015 10:26:02 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=10453 The post Research: Sex Could Improve Brain Function appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Research: Sex Could Improve Brain Function

While doing research for the article about why you should consider masturbating less frequently because of the negative impacts it has on your brain, I found something pretty interesting. Apparently as bad as chronic masturbation can be for your brain, having sex can be great for your brain. At first, I thought, “well an orgasm […]

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While doing research for the article about why you should consider masturbating less frequently because of the negative impacts it has on your brain, I found something pretty interesting.

Apparently as bad as chronic masturbation can be for your brain, having sex can be great for your brain.

At first, I thought, “well an orgasm is an orgasm,” but research is showing an altogether different story.

Sex is Great for Your Brain

Everyone knows that one of the major ways to improve brain function is to use it. There have been countless studies into the positive effects of brain games and challenges simply based on the theory that you brain is like a muscle: the more you use it the stronger it is. At Rutgers University, Dr. Barry Komisauruk found that, in women, orgasms increased blood flow to as many as 30 different parts of the brain. Increased blood flow means more oxygen and nutrients to the brain. More oxygen and nutrients make for a healthier brain.
According to Dr. Komisauruk, “Mental exercises increase brain activity but only in relatively localized regions. Orgasm activates the whole.”Having read this, I wondered to myself, “what other brain benefits could sex have?”

Sex Can Make You Smarter

According to research done at the University of Maryland, regular sexual activity stimulates a process known as neurogenesis – the brain’s process of creating new neurons. In that same study, researchers found that as a result of the neurogenesis stimulated memory function. Another study done by scientists at the Konkuk University in Seoul concluded that regular sexual activity reversed the memory-depleting effects of chronic stress.
The study says, “Sexual interaction could be helpful for buffering adult hippocampal neurogenesis and recognition memory function against the suppressive actions of chronic stress.”

Sex Versus Masturbation

So again, the question is raised, “what constitutes as sexual activity?” One could assume that sexual activity, even by yourself, would have the same results. A study from the University of Texas disagrees. According to their research, specifically into people who had pornography addictions, found that excessive porn viewing(like any other addiction)can result in permanent “anatomical and pathological” changes to the brain. Their findings were supported by a study done on 28 healthy individuals who were asked to remember neutral, negative of pornographic images.
According to Matthias Brand, head of the cognitive psychology department at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, “Results revealed worse working memory performance in the pornographic picture condition.”
One of the things I talked about in the masturbation article was the release of a hormone called prolactin after intercourse. Prolactin is important because it helps our brains offset the release of dopamine that can desensitize our brains. Dr. John Grohol explains, “The hormone prolactin makes us feel satiated by countering the effect of dopamine, which is released during sexual arousal.”
Too much dopamine in our brains can lead to a drug addiction-like response, no matter what the activity is. So, the fact that our brains release up to 400% as much prolactin when having sex over masturbation keeps our brains from developing that dopamine desensitization.

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9 Ways to Increase Your IQ by Growing Grey Matter https://iheartintelligence.com/increase-your-iq-by-growing-grey-matter/ Tue, 19 May 2015 21:32:45 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=7147 The post 9 Ways to Increase Your IQ by Growing Grey Matter appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

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The Grey Matter of the Hippocampus part of the brain is best known for its association with learning skills and memory capabilities, but it is also known for its connection to self-awareness, compassion and introspection. Basic activities done regularly in only a few weeks of time can increase your IQ and help you to feel […]

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The Grey Matter of the Hippocampus part of the brain is best known for its association with learning skills and memory capabilities, but it is also known for its connection to self-awareness, compassion and introspection.

Basic activities done regularly in only a few weeks of time can increase your IQ and help you to feel more psychologically and physically at peace.
The discovery of neuroplasticity, the brain can change and reorganize itself, is revolutionizing the treatment of stroke patients, chronic pain sufferers, those with neurological disorders and by helping to ward off cognitive decline due to age-related issues.

Whether you are looking to increase your brain functioning or preserve your cognitive abilities, here are some activities to consider adding to your weekly routine to increase grey matter:

1) Embrace the Idea that the Brain Can Grow

– This might seem like a silly suggestion, but it needs to be said. Children and young adults have the ability to learn skills faster and this often keeps adults from attempting more difficult feats. You are capable of learning a new language or learning to play an instrument in your older age. You are capable of evolving your behavioral habits. It begins with changing your mindset.

2) Meditation

– Studies have shown mediation, particularly compassion mediation, increases neural activity and grey matter thickness. Meditation also puts you in beneficial brainwave patterns – alpha, theta, delta – a myriad of benefits manifest including super creativity, idea generation, enhanced cognitive abilities and overall intellectual capacity for growth.

3) Play Brain Games

– Puzzles and Memory Games like Sudoku or other brain games will activate the mind by forcing us in a focused conscious state. This is the best way to increase grey matter via games.

4) Play Video Games

– A recent study at University of Rochester, U.S., confirmed a link between 1st person video games and expanded visual awareness in the real world – a building block for the IQ. The ability to take in visual cues with speed and accuracy is invaluable.

5) Cardiovascular Exercise

– Cardiovascular fitness is associated with increased cognitive scores and increased verbal intelligence by 50% according to a study done in Sweden. In contrast, muscle exercise was only weakly associated with intelligence.

6) Proper Nutrition

– Food feeds the brain and a lack of the right food & nutrition will lead to lower energy levels which in turn lowers brain activity and eventually mental disorders. Vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid is needed for cognitive development. DHA/EPA is required for normal brain health and a lack of can lead to depression. Vitamin C increases mental agility. Vitamin K increases cognitive functioning. Berries containing anthocyanins increase short term memory. Zinc plays an important role in spatial learning and memory.

7) Learn a New Skill

– Learning a new skill strengthens connections within the brain and it has the ability to get your mind out of a long time rut. The difficulty of the task is in close to relation to how much the brain will activate.

8) Use Your Imagination

– Using your imagination is the same as using your visionary skills. Manifesting something positive into your life requires a lot of brain activity. Constantly using your visionary skills contributes to increased creativity, increased problem solving and idea generation.

9) Relinquish a Bad Habits

– Forcing yourself to change a habit, whether it is smoking cigarettes or holding on too tightly to grudges, will help the brain to break down strong negative neural connections while making room for healthy new connections that benefit your brain growth. Weakening unhealthy brain connections is just as important as forming new healthy ones.
Related: Talking to Yourself can Improve Your Brain

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