Psychological Ageing

An American study some years ago looked at “psychological ageing”. In a large sample of people studied it found that those who had higher risk of heart disease and poorer physical health were those who, in long interviews over several years, were more self-focussed, talked more about themselves and their grievances, problems, etc., were in other words more egocentric. (The old Buddhist warning about “self”!).
Altruism on the other hand correlated higher with better health and longevity. The advice the psychologist doing the study concluded with was: “Listen with regard when others talk. Give your time and energy to others; let others have their way; do things for reasons other than furthering your own needs”.

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