Why do optimistic people live longer?


12th August 2010

· Why do optimistic people tend to live longer?

· 8 ways to improve your finances in just a few minutes a week

· How to increase your chances of preventing cancer


This week we look at three more topics of interest to most of us.
At any age, our health is of paramount importance to us. Also, at any age, our wealth, or lack of it, is a frequent pre-occupation…

Why do optimistic people tend to live longer?
First up, though, a question: are you a glass half-full person, or does your glass tend usually to be half-empty?

According to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic optimistic people live longer lives, by almost 20%!!!

From a report written by Jonathan Wells – Advanced LifeSkills]:

‘Most of us enjoy being in the company of positive, optimistic people. Their sunny outlook on life is both refreshing and encouraging. It is easy to see the benefits that we gain from associating with those who are filled with optimism, but what about them?

Have you ever wondered whether or not there are any tangible, long term benefits associated with having a positive outlook? Does our attitude really affect our health as some have claimed, or is this just one of those scenarios that sound reasonable but can’t be proven.

Science meets the challenge

The BBC recently reported on a long term study conducted by the prestigious Mayo Clinic aimed at finding the answers to those very questions.

Between 1962 and 1965 they interviewed more than 1,100 patients and gave each of them an optimism ranking based on their perception of life. Then they tracked those people for the next 30 years to see if they could identify any noticeable differences.

For a full report, and tips for a longer happier life you can check-in at


8 ways to improve your finances in just a few minutes a week

So how much time does it take to turn-off unnecessary lights, switch-off the TV, and other appliances, when not in use? Hang out more clothes to dry on a line instead of using the tumble dryer. Money Mail reckons these few small steps alone can save the average family about £82 per annum. And there’s more…

1. Switch to paying your car insurance premiums annually
as many insurers charge interest of up to 15% if premiums are paid in monthly instalments.
2. Trace missing funds- a dormant account or a deferred/lost
pension . Start by going to www.unclaimedassets.co.uk to point you in the right direction.
3. Track down the cheapest motor fuel in your area by entering your postcode at www.petrolprices.com
4. Visit www.saynoto0870.com if you are calling 0845 or 0870 numbers to see if there is a local number you can call.
5. Search the internet for the latest offers and vouchers. Among the best sites is www.vouchercodes.com
6. Take-out for free that DVD or book that you are only ever likely to read but once from your local library (if you have one)
7. Obtain a railcard to save almost a third off your travel costs.
8. Check you are not paying too much income tax. A quick look at your coding notice should help. If you are in doubt check it out at the HMRC helpline on 0845 3000 627

And there’s more, another you can check out 42 more ways to make or save money at thisismoney.co.uk

How to increase your chances of preventing cancer

According to familyhealthguide.co.uk :

Diet and Lifestyle Tips to Help Prevent Cancer

[From a report by Millie Barrett BSc(Hons), mBANT]

There are more than 293,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year in the UK, and more than 1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. More than 1 in 3 people – that is a shocking figure.

According to Cancer Research UK, approximately half and probably more, of all cancers could be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes.

So we do have the power to act and reduce our personal risk of developing cancer – but how?

The following nine recommendations come from the World Cancer Research Fund Global Network (WCRFGN), which is made up of a panel of international experts working in the fields of cancer prevention, epidemiology, human nutrition, obesity and public health. Many of the recommendations are familiar public health goals based on maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise and a well-balanced diet.

The WCRFGN recommendations:

· Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight
· Be physically active as part of everyday life
· Limit consumption of energy-dense foods and avoid sugary drinks
· Eat mostly foods of plant origin
· Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat
· Limit alcoholic drinks
· Limit consumption of salt and avoid mouldy cereals or pulses
· Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone
· Mothers to breastfeed and children to be breastfed exclusively for six months and as complementary feeding thereafter

You can check out more at familyhealthguide.co.uk

I hope you find the above full information useful. Often a simple reminder of things we should do helps save cash in these times of ecomomic difficulty. Yes, I will switch-off that light next time when I leave an empty room!

Coming-up in the next issue will be three more items, giving health and wealth related news and tips. Debt relief tips, flagged last time, will be for another week.

Look out for your next issue on 19th August!

Yours ,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

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