Key to Longevity
After watching the video and reading the article I discovered that the key ingredient to longevity isn’t wholey based on diet and genetics. According to the video only 10% of longevity is based on genetics. Dan Bulter, in the video says that only one in 5000 people live to be 100 and that “we are not programed for oongevity but for procreative succes.s” The Japanese notion of ikigai relates to positive psychology becuaee they both mean happiness and well-being, living a purposful life. Being part of a community and having hobbies or attending religious services, being with friends gives people a purpose and to feel part of something. Also the Japanese diet is very healthy and they use portion control with smaller plates and eat lots of fish, tofu, vegetables don’t eat until they are full. The world health organization reports the the Japanese have the lowest obesity rates in the developed world at 1% compared to Americans at 32%. In Brain Rules, John Medina’ rule number two reports that stress can have aalot to do with overall health whcih can affect the heart and depending on a high persons allostatic load. over time can lead to heart disease or other health complications.
I also think John Medina’s brain rule number 2 applies to happiness and the ability to thrive. He says, “The strongest brains survive, not the strongest bodies. Our ability to solve problems, learn from mistakes, and create alliances with other people helps us survive. We took over the world by learning to cooperate and forming teams with our neighbors”. (http://www.brainrules.net/survival)
According to Maslow, self-actualization is the last stage in the hierachy of needs and is characterized by aesthetic, creative, philosophical and spiritual undrstanding(Maslow 1970) and many older people are move likely to engage in various religious practices, attending services and paraying. A self actualizded person may have a deeper spirituality and may life life amusing and...
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