Chengdu Municipal Commission on aging in Sichuan Province has conducted a survey of 720 centenarians in Chengdu, and American researchers have also conducted a three-year follow-up study on 700 centenarians. Coincidentally, researchers from both China and foreign countries have found that there is only one common feature among the centenarians!
Not diet, not exercise, but optimism!
According to the survey results of Chengdu Municipal Commission for the aged, 89.17% of centenarians are optimists, and a good attitude is their only common feature.
American studies have also confirmed that people who are cheerful, seldom worry, and basically don’t lose their temper and maintain a calm attitude all their lives live longer.
Let’s take a look at some real cases
The 115 year old Zhang Cunhe
Zhang Cunhe, an old man in juancheng County, ranked second in Shandong Province’s fourth birthday list recently, with 115 years old. Many people are curious. What is the magic weapon of Zhang Cunhe’s longevity?
When asked about the secret of Zhang Cunhe’s longevity, his daughter Zhang Aizhi said“
He has a good attitude and is always tolerant.
Zhang Cunhe is optimistic and approachable all his life. Although he is 100 years old, he has a flexible mind and clear thinking. He seldom sees senile spots on his face, just like an old man in his 70s.
Chen tongshou, 101, also said,
I never get angry,
There is nothing a scholar can’t see. Chen tongshou’s optimism comes from books. “I read all kinds of books and often ask my younger generation to recommend books.”.
In Chen tongshou’s view, optimistic old people even sleep sweet, think less will not insomnia, “I take a bath before going to bed every day, read a book to relax my body and mind, and then go to sleep without distractions.”.
People who have no heart and no lung are the most likely to live long
According to the survey of the Chinese Society for the aged, among the reasons for longevity of centenarians, 15% are genetic, 10% are social, 8% are improved medical conditions, and 7% are climate conditions. The remaining 60% are decided by the elderly themselves. The first secret is mentality.
“Heartless” is not a very good word in many people’s eyes: careless, able to eat and sleep; straightforward, never take things to heart. But you know what?
In the eyes of experts, this kind of “heartless” people who live a relatively thick life tend to live longer.
“For modern people, annoyance comes from thinking, Qi from comparison, urgency from making, and illness from eating. A 94 year old man, young and vigorous, looks like he is in his early 60s. When he was asked the secret of longevity, what tonic to eat and what exercise to do, he said with a smile: “I only have two words, which are called” talking and laughing, heartless and heartless. “
“Heartless” refers to the open mind, small things confused. “Talking and laughing” refers to optimistic and cheerful, something is not in the heart.
There is a Western proverb called “don’t worry, don’t get angry, don’t use sphygmomanometer”. It can be seen that being careful and angry is a major psychological obstacle to longevity. Therefore, we should be a little confused, smart and broad-minded.
“Heartless, talking and laughing” people, they are very satisfied with the status quo, contented, relaxed life, no big emotional fluctuations, so this kind of people into the “birthday” ranks of the highest probability.
How can we become “optimists”?
According to Liu Jingping, director of the oncology department of Beijing Electric Power Hospital, many old people are most afraid of getting sick. If they have a slight headache, they are worried about getting a serious illness. When they hear about the death of their old neighbor, they feel sad. When it comes to high cholesterol, “ban” eggs, when it comes to high blood sugar, refuse all sweet fruits.
Many centenarians, however, never avoid food and are indifferent to life and death. Optimism also helps fight disease and cancer.
Sun Ruiying, a 100 year old woman in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer at the age of 50. She had a major operation at the age of 95. She didn’t worry about her illness at all. She still had morning tea every day, went to the flower and bird market, and went to the vegetable market to chat with her old friends.
Optimism can also be learned
Yu Xiaonian, director of Psychosomatic Medicine Department of Aviation General Hospital of China Medical University, believes that optimism is an acquired quality of longevity. “Spend more time with optimistic and smiling people. Positive emotions can be contagious.” In addition, sports can make people lively and cheerful, increase the possibility of social interaction. To remind yourself to stick to it, put a pair of sneakers at the door.
Xiao Li, a second-class national psychological consultant, suggests that family members should help her to be optimistic
1. Provide him with the cases of the same disease cured, and take him to share his rehabilitation experience with his patients;
2. Take him for physical examination regularly to avoid his wishful thinking about his illness;
3. Let him talk more about the changes and feelings of his body;
Ask the patient to do something he can do for himself.
Medicine is not as good as diet, diet is not as good as heart
Please keep this “heart therapy” prescription!
To a certain extent, the best medicine is not as good as a reasonable diet, and the best diet is not as good as having a good attitude. All kinds of bad emotions in our daily life can change our bodies. For example, when angry, there will be pulse, heartbeat, breathing faster and other symptoms; when sad, it will reduce the digestive secretion of digestive glands, loss of appetite; fear, lying will make the central nervous system nervous, leading to blood pressure rise at any time.
How to keep a good attitude,
Let’s take a look at this prescription of “heart therapy” made by experts
1. Laughter is a nutrient
Studies have confirmed that laughter can lower blood pressure; one minute of laughter can achieve the effect of rowing for 10 minutes; laughter can release pressure and relieve depression; laughter can stimulate the secretion of dopamine and make people feel happy. The middle-aged and old people should have more contact with people with a sense of humor, watch more comedies and comics, and listen to more cross talk.
2. “Speech therapy” is a special medicine
White House health care doctors once prescribed a health secret for Bush: speech therapy, communicating with his family for at least 15 hours a week; communication between husband and wife for at least two hours a day, including dinner or lunch.
3. Friends are not old Dan
The elderly’s long-term solitude will cause great social and psychological pressure, and may even cause endocrine disorders and immune function decline. Australian researchers found that people with a wide circle of friends live an average of seven years longer.
Therefore, even the retired elderly should not stay at home all the time. They should try to expand their circle of life, get together with old friends and take the initiative to say hello to the neighbors they have never met.
4. Tolerance is the control valve
In social communication, it is inevitable for people to suffer losses, misunderstandings and grievances. In the face of these, the wisest choice is to learn tolerance. A person who is not tolerant and only knows how to be strict with others can easily lead to nerve excitement, vasoconstriction and high blood pressure, which will lead to a vicious circle in psychology and physiology. And learn to be tolerant is equal to their own psychological installed on the control valve.
5. Indifference is an immune agent
Make sure that little things are confused and big things are clear. If you care about trivial things all day, you will be very tired. It’s better to be natural and generous in case of trouble. It’s good for prolonging life to keep a pleasant mood and inner satisfaction.