Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

  • Want to be healthy and wealthy? Then you'll want to consider these two articles I found this week.

     

    The first one is from Yahoo finance. It was titled: “A man who studied rich people for 5 years found that they avoid one type of person.” Naturally, I bit and clicked on the article. The gist of the article was summed up in one paragraph:


    “Eighty-six percent of the rich people in his study made a habit out of associating with other success-minded individuals. On the flip side, they also make a point to limit their exposure to toxic, negative people.”

     

    The article rang true. We've all known some people who seem to suck the energy out of us. Like the cartoon character who always has a cloud over his head.

     

    If you'd like to read the whole article you can find it here .

     

    The second article was written by someone we interviewed for TDS in the past , Carol Bradley Bursack. In the article, she quotes a University of Minnesota study:


    "Chronic stress from negative attitudes and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can upset the body's hormone balance and deplete the brain chemicals required for feelings of happiness, as well as have a damaging impact on the immune system. New scientific understandings have also identified the process by which "chronic stress can actually decrease our lifespan by shortening our telomeres"(the "end caps" of our DNA strands, which play a big role in aging)."

     

    I'm no doctor, but the message seems clear. A negative attitude can make life short and miserable! You'll find the article here on HealthCentral.com.

     

    So how do you put this newfound knowledge into practice? I'd suggest two practical ideas. First eliminate negativity. If you have a friend who is always complaining limit the amount of time that you spend with them or redirect the conversation to something positive. If the news raises your blood pressure turn it off. Look for things that trigger negative thoughts and avoid them.

     

    Then intentionally schedule something for each day that will bring you happiness. A call to a good friend, a few minutes with a corny joke book, spending time with family pictures, time playing with your pet. Every day should include time that's set aside to put a smile on your face.

     

    Keep on Stretching those healthy, wealthy Dollars!
    Gary

     


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