Memory declines with age. You may be experiencing this yourself or have observed it in others. The thing is—not everybody is affected in the same way. Lots of factors might come into play, like genetics, nutrition, and lifestyle habits.
A new study, published in the journal Psychological Science, found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful are less likely to experience memory decline as they age!
The study looked at 9 years of data from almost a thousand middle-aged and older adults in the US. They found that people had better immediate and delayed memory recall when they reported experiencing any of these emotions over the previous 30 days:
Why this connection between a cheerful mood and good memory? The researchers don’t know for sure. Maybe better mood is also linked with more social interactions or more physical activity (both of which could support a better memory).
Here’s my takeaway—
Health isn’t only about eating the right foods and exercising. Emotional well-being matters too. When you invest the time to do things that make you HAPPY, you will reap the rewards.
Here’s my challenge to you: set aside 30 minutes every day for YOU. Take that time to do whatever makes you feel rejuvenated and fulfilled. Go for a walk. Read a book. Take a bath. Call a friend. Play the piano. Color. It doesn’t matter what—as long as it makes you happy.
You officially have permission to take time for yourself.
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