Boy, I sure did squeeze that lemon…

Browsing the avalanche of self-help and reflective chunks of advice that is the aftermath of new year I found this great article from the Times.

George Valiant is a psychiatrist in the states who for 42 years has been studying the mental and physical wellbeing of men, picking up his work from a project he discovered that had been running since 1937.  In one of the longest and perhaps most exhaustive studies, George has discovered 7 major factors that predict healthy ageing, both physically and psychologically.

Firstly making ‘mature adaptions’, followed by education, a stable marriage, not smoking, not abusing alcohol, some exercise and healthy weight. His conclusion when asked what else have you learnt from the study was simple – “the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people”. As one participant reflected “what’s the difference between a guy who at his final conscious moments before death has a nostalgic grin on his face as if to say, ‘Boy, I sure squeezed that lemon’ and the other man who fights for every last breath in an effort to turn back time to some unfinished business”.

You have been warned….

Posted in Inspiration, Legacies, Psychology.

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