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Want To Be Young and Healthy Forever?

Want To Be Young and Healthy Forever?

Can you imagine what it would be like to be young and healthy forever? What a wonderful dream! Envision a body that stays strong and fit and beautiful, a mind dynamic, flexible, and sharp, for decades, centuries, even millennia.

That would be great! Yet it seems like a pointless dream. We all know that death is inevitable. Our wishes about a different world are just wishes.

Well, this is not what the scientists at the Major Mouse Testing Project believe. They, along with other researchers on longevity, are doing innovative research to enable us to update our beliefs about aging.

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Perhaps their most fundamental innovation is not in the science itself, but in their approach to aging. Our medical system treats aging as simply an inevitable process, not something to fight against. Aging is not seen as a treatable medical condition, so mainstream medicine is not addressing it as one. After all, since aging is not seen as a disease, insurance companies won’t cover costs associated with treating aging, so there is no financial incentive for companies to address it.

However, what would happen if we approached aging as a disease? Recent research describes how the very processes that are necessary for us to stay alive produce various toxins. The accumulation of such toxins in the body causes the physiological processes that we term “aging.”

Fortunately, we now have the biotechnological capacity to reverse aging. Studies on mice have shown much promise for aging reversal. The crucial part is removing the toxins produced by the natural metabolic processes that occur as part of what our bodies do for us to live. Removing these toxins would enable us to stay young and healthy forever.

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Yet, since the medical system does not treat aging as a disease, there is very little research funding going into this area. First, most research takes place around health issues that are facing people right now and that people care about in the moment. Second, the lack of acknowledgment of aging as a disease makes it very hard to get grant money to address aging.

Now, there are some scientists who are arguing for aging to be defined as a disease. Yet, without mass support and a lack of recognition from the medical system, they are fighting a very uphill battle.

What will happen in the ideal world if this battle is won and we invest substantial resources into fighting aging? Well, once you start to grow old, you can get medical treatments to cure you from aging. You would go into a rejuvenation center where the accumulated toxins would be removed from your body and your tissues would be repaired from the damage done by the toxin accumulation. You would go back to looking, feeling, and thinking like you were 25.

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Such rejuvenation technology would transform us as individuals. How differently would we live our lives if we knew we had many millennia to live? What kind of plans would we make for the future? How much more would we care about improving our physical fitness and our mental fitness? Imagine the kind of long-term plans we could make and the goals we could achieve!

This technology would also transform our society. How much more would we care about the environment if we knew we would suffer the consequences of global warming? What about nuclear proliferation and other forms of existential risk? It would truly change the world as we know it, perhaps even more so than the internet changed the world.

How exciting would that be? And you can be a part of this new world. May we all stay young and healthy forever!

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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