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An Intelligent Woman Can Really Boost A Man’s Health, Here’s Why

An Intelligent Woman Can Really Boost A Man’s Health, Here’s Why

Are you a guy worried about developing Alzheimer’s disease as you get older? There are lots of things you can do to help reduce your risk. Plenty of exercise, a healthy diet rich in foods like fresh vegetables and fatty fish and an active social life can keep your mind healthy as you age. But here’s some interesting news: your choice of a spouse can also have an affect on whether or not you experience cognitive problems like memory loss.

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    Professor Discusses Importance of Intelligent Wives

    Dr. Lawrence Whalley is a professor emeritus at the University of Aberdeen and is considered to be one of the world’s experts on the aging of the brain. He is also the author of the book Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia and recently gave a talk at the Oxford Literary Festival.

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    It was here that he discussed the research that has found a link between men who marry intelligent women and the staving off of Alzheimer’s disease. Apparently, the intellectual stimulation that an intelligent women provides her spouse – such as good conversation and stimulating activities – helps the brain to avoid the loss of memory and other cognitive skills that go along with the disease process.

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      While Dr. Whalley has pioneered studies to link the reduction of Alzheimer’s risk with the intelligence of a patient’s partner, the idea of intellectual stimulation staving off cognitive decline is not a new one. It is, rather, part of an important, growing body of evidence which suggests that a vigorous intellectual life can, in fact, act as a buffer between Alzheimer’s disease and the brain. For instance:

      • A Chinese study conducted throughout Western Asian found that Asian adults who lived in intellectually stimulating environments generally faired better than who did not have this stimulation; the men in stimulating environments were more likely to fair better on a number of important tests to measure mental function.
      • Another study found a link between high education levels and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers speculated that this was because of the intellectual stimulation that a good education can provide.

      In short, while there, of course, many reasons guys out there should choose your wives carefully, this is probably one of the best. The intellectual stimulation that a good spouse can provide can not only add entertainment but the intellectual stimulation needed by the brain to ward off disease and cognitive decline that can help first and keep one’s mind sharp well into old age.

      Featured photo credit: Adriana Velásquez via unsplash.com

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      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

      14 Things That Make You Happy And Enjoy Life More

      14 Things That Make You Happy And Enjoy Life More

      Do you ever come across people who are always upbeat and no matter what life throws at them, they just seem to roll with the punches?

      It’s quite possible they’re following a formula for happiness.

      The good news? You can increase your own happiness quotient too by doing these 14 things that make you happy:

      1. Start with a Good Dose of Gratitude

      Being consciously aware of what you’re thankful for can actually change your level of happiness.

      When you wake up each morning, spend time time recalling all the things for which you feel grateful.

      Start with simple things: Do you have a roof over your head? Enough to eat? It might be helpful to start a gratitude journal.

      2. Make Sure You’re Giving Back

      Do you give 10% of your income to your favorite charity or church?

      There’s something about giving that allows you to receive more in return besides just the awesome act of giving to help others. When you give, you’re sending a message to the Universe that you know everything’s going to be all right.

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      By giving, you’ll be taken care of, too. You see it from those with very little to those who have millions: you have to give to get and by doing that, your happiness increases.

      3. Laugh Every Day (It’s Better than Money)

      Do you spend time each day laughing? Do you purposefully find something to laugh about?

      When you laugh, you release a happy hormone called oxytocin. It’s a hormone that uplifts us as we share experiences with others. Even just making yourself smile will put you in a better place.

      4. Foster Good Relationships with Family and Friends

      Happy people don’t spend large amounts of time alone. By spending time with people you like, you forge supportive relationships that help you in times of stress.

      You also bond with others through common experiences, such as life’s ups and downs. They become your support network.

      People who don’t spend as much time with family or friends are more prone to loneliness and depression.

      5. Take Some Alone Time

      In contrast to spending time with family and friends, it’s important to step back and take some time for yourself, by yourself.

      You can recharge your spirit and find a little peace in a little bit of silence. Taking some time away and being alone can do wonders for your mood and outlook.

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      6. Do What You Love

      Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do what you love, because the money will follow?” Doing things that you love to do–and even better, getting paid for it–are good ways to boost your levels of happiness.

      When work feels like play, you’re more likely to enjoy other aspects of your life better, too.

      7. Volunteer Your Time

      When you give off yourself, either by time or talent, your focus shifts from your life to that of others.

      This can help you realize that your own problems may not be that bad. You invariably forge new relationships and experience an uplift in your spirit.

      8. Get Enough Exercise

      When you take time out for exercise, you’re doing your body good in more ways than one.

      First, you’re doing what it was designed to do: physical exertion. Humans were made to move around and the body works best when it does what it was meant to do.

      Second, as you exercise, you release those same feel-good hormones as mentioned above.

      Third, when you take some time to exert yourself, you reduce your stress levels.

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      All around, you need exercise to function optimally.

      9. Avoid Regrets

      We all make mistakes in life–that’s part of the human condition. But with a little forethought, you can try to avoid making big mistakes.

      Even then, they still happen. That’s when it’s best to learn to forgive–yourself and others–because everyone else just trying to get through life the best they can, too. They’ll make mistakes, but the trick is, moving on from them.

      10. Take Time to Meditate

      Sitting down, lighting a candle and doing some deep breathing for 10 minutes are all it takes to relax your mind and body.

      In doing so, you get in touch with your inner-self, and invariably, you’ll get to know yourself a little better. That’s definitely a booster on the happiness scale.

      11. Deal With Clutter

      Are you overrun with books and papers piled everywhere? Too much mail sitting on the hall table? Why not tackle a small task each day for a month in an effort to de-clutter your life?

      When you’re not running around looking for items you can’t find, when everything has its place, you’ll automatically be less stressed and in a better mental state.

      That’s a great place to be on Monday morning when you’re trying to get out the door and you already know where the lunchboxes are, and the bills you have to mail.

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      12. Get Enough Rest

      Ever notice how cranky you are the afternoon when you’ve only had 5 or 6 hours of sleep? Many of us are suffering from sleep deprivation which can lead to higher levels of stress and edginess.

      After a good night of sleep, you can tackle your daily tasks in a more calm, alert way. It’s so much better than experiencing that awful sluggish feeling in that oh-so-important meeting with your boss. Your body will thank you, too.

      13. Eat Healthier Foods

      You’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” It’s true.

      If you spend your time eating package after package of boxed noodles, canned dinners or fast food, your body is going to let you know by gaining weight, feeling sluggish, and quite possibly having a host of health problems. How can you look and feel your best if the foods you eat are not good for you?

      By eating better you’re not only taking care of yourself, but you’ll also feel more vibrant and energetic. You’ll literally be healthier from the inside out.

      14. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others

      This is definitely easier said than done, but if you can condition your mind to focus on the good that you are doing and the good things in your life, you’re not going to be tempted to focus on how others are doing.

      Here’re some tips to help you stop comparing yourself to others: The More We Compare, the More We Lose Ourselves

      Final Thoughts

      Happiness comes from all the small things and habits you do every day. If you want to start living a happy life, practice these 14 things and fit them into your daily routine!

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