When bad stuff happens to resilient people, it appears that in the short-term they don’t do anything different from what nonresilient people do. Instead, they feel something different about their ability to handle things. And as a result, they fare better physically and psychologically over the long-term.
At a time when aging and health research is splashed all over the news on a daily basis, it is now more than ever important to be cautious about jumping on the bandwagon with "research-based" expertise offered by the media.
Although we tend to be more drawn to opportunities that benefit future generations as we get older, we can and should consider how we are living our lives now, and how we matter to others well before we ever reach old age or experience a life threatening situation.
Just because we don't yet know whether broccoli or Brussels sprouts have a more potent benefit to our health and longevity, we know enough about lifestyle behaviors to make better decisions than most of us are currently making when it comes to nutrition.
For several decades, people have used the term "use it or lose it" to aptly describe the best way to off-set the problems that come with aging. As overly simplistic as the idea sounds, scientific studies continue to show that if you disengage in later life, things fall apart. This has particular relevance when we're talking about cognitive performance.
Only about one in four adults are volunteering today, and only a small fraction of those who do volunteer do so on a regular basis. Volunteer engagement is not only beneficial to society, but has considerable individual benefits. This article describes five key reasons why you should volunteer.