From the March 2004 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times, here is Dr. Fuhrman’s sixth secret to longevity:
Humans are complicated creatures, and our minds have powerful effects on healing and wellness. A positive purpose, loving relationships, self-respect, and the power to control our destiny have beneficial effects on our physiological—and ultimately physical—well-being. Few people have the perfect life without any negative stressors, but it makes a difference if you deal with those stressors with hope and action, rather than resignation and passivity.
A safe and satisfying work environment, a happy marriage, a satisfying social and/or family life, and activities you enjoy are all related to positive health outcomes. Emotional wellness starts right here your finger tips end. As you respect and appreciate the value in the world around you and develop interests in other people and in such things as art, music, entertainment, sports, nature, and physical activity, you can respect yourself more for your ability and desire to appreciate the value of things not yourself.
In other words, as you learn about and begin to care for things, you gain a legitimate reason to be pleased with yourself. A healthy emotional response to life hinges on your ability to grant value and importance to things that are deserving of it. This ability and desire to interact in a fair and equitable way with the world around you forms the basis of your emotional contentment and self-esteem.
Here's more from this DiseaseProof miniseries:
- Intro: Seven Secrets of Longevity
- Secret 1: Eat Fewer Calories and Live Longer
- Secret 2: Prevent Deficiencies with Plant-Based Nutrition
- Secret 3: Regular Exercise Pays Big Health Dividends
- Secret 4: Avoid Toxins, Including Medication
- Secret 5: Get Sufficient Rest and Sleep for Recovery
- Secret 7: Fast When You are Under the Weather
- Seven Secrets of Longevity: In Conclusion