This anti aging science might just be as simple as understanding how your thoughts effect your life. Our perceptions affect more than just the way we see things, but how we feel, and how our bodies respond.
We have often heard the idea of mind over matter, that our thoughts in some way help to create our reality. Some believe if we change our way of thinking we can change our whole lives, but is this really true? Many studies over the past 50 years have provided incredible data showing that how we think affects how we experience our reality, and even how our bodies respond. One study conducted at Yale showed that people who simply have a more positive view on aging experience less negative effects; Where those who associate aging with decline in health and well-being in fact experience it as so. It seems as though our perceptions of what is good and what is bad for us can have profound effects on the way we experience them.
Here is an except the study conducted at Yale University.
This research found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging, measured up to 23 years earlier, lived 7.5 years longer than those with less positive self perceptions of aging. This advantage remained after age, gender, socioeconomic status, loneliness, and functional health were included as covariates. It was also found that this effect is partially mediated by will to live. The sample consisted of 660 individuals aged 50 and older…The findings suggest that the self-perceptions of stigmatized groups can influence longevity.
Ellen Langer a Harvard school student with a degree is psychology has been passionate about researching this phenomena for decades. Highlighted more recently in an article in the New York Times entitled What If Age is Nothing but a Mind Set, Her work has shown that a positive, attentive, youthful state of mind can in fact reverse or stall the aging process. These studies have even possibly shed some light on the placebo effect and why it works. If you are a bit older and still single, this anti aging science might just be the best way keep your body ripe for finding love after 50. Watch this 5 minute video where Langer explains a few of the fascinating studies she has conducted over the years.
Educational tip: If finding out about how the human mind effects the physiology of our bodies, you might want to consider getting an online psychology degree. Sometimes the best way to study psychology is to take a course in your spare time. As you may know, psychology is one of the few fields where you can earn a lot of money and learn from human behavior at the same time.
You can also visit Lagner’s online psychology blog & anti aging blog.