What I read-what I think…

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I was reading an article earlier today in
DailyGood News that Inspires
and here is what I learned and, of course, what I think:

  • a meaningful life is a healthier life than a happy life
  • people with meaningful lives have stronger immune systems

It seems to me that if your life is meaningful than it is happy
and the more meaningful and happy your life is the less you are bothered by illness.
You might get sick but it doesn’t get you down like it does unhappy people.
I am not talking major things but the everyday stuff that gets passed around in families, schools, work.
But maybe they were thinking more of big stuff not the little bugs.
Either way it makes sense to me.

  • ┬áit is better to be a little bit happy over a long period of time than to experience wild spikes of happiness

I wonder what is meant by “a little bit happy”.
Maybe they mean contentment.
I am content and happy with the occasional wild spike of happiness.
Works for me.

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  • meditation can change how genes work
  • meditation quiets the genes that express bodily inflammation in response to stress
  • develops healthier coping and resilience that can potentially lead to longer life

I know that meditation helps me to calm down when I am feeling stressed.
I didn’t know that meditation changes the genes.
The article also talks about how this can be helpful to people from families of highly stressed people.
It makes sense to me that if you are less stressed you will live longer.
I have no idea if all this is true but I like it.
I’ll go with it.

There is a lot more in the article but I am not really into “scientific” studies
so, truthfully, I sorta skimmed it and took what jumped out at me.
When I read these kinds of articles I find them interesting
but are the people in the study honest in their responses?
I guess that most of them would be
but a few less than honest folks could skew the results.
But maybe not.

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I am a woman of a certain age who was raised a Yankee and now lives in the South. I am still a Yankee but a "softer" one. My catkid and my friends are my family. My conservative friends think I am a liberal while my liberal friends think I am conservative. I am not talking politics here...I have no interest in politics! I laugh a lot, cry sometimes, rarely angry, not really shy but an introvert for sure, pretty open but do have some secrets. Ok, that's me...or some of me anyway.

13 thoughts on “What I read-what I think…

  1. I have nominated you for The No Strings Attached Lovely Blog Award because I like your blog and I like your cats too!
    If someone does not accept awards, well it still stands even if you cannot fulfill the requirements because this is a no strings attached nomination; only fulfill the award if you have time and are inspired.

  2. It’s hard to be happy without some degree of purpose and meaning ~> some reason to follow our feet out of bed in the morning. I expect that happiness boosts our immune system and that meditation boosts our happiness.

    I think you’re right to be somewhat skeptical of studies which rely on the reporting capabilities of others.

    • I think it would be depressing to have no purpose or meaning in life. I know that when I am down in the dumps I begin to feel physically ill. Fortunately, I am rarely in that place.

  3. This is a lot to ponder. I believe that happiness makes us feel better, but stress makes us feel worse. It is hard to feel good when you are sad. I also believe that when we know someone is down and we can help them by being kind, we all feel better. Hug.

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