Calment’s Secrete: keeping “cool”

Scientific studies of psychoneurocardiology, psychoneuroimmunology, psychoneuroendocrinology and psychosomatic disorders have always revealed that the prime determinant of a person’s health is his mind. Now there is an evidence to show that this is not true. The oldest documented person who ever lived was a French woman, Jeanne Calment who was 122 years, 164 days old when she died. And, she never tried special things to stay in good health. Jeanne Calment smoked cigarettes since the age of 21), drank port wine, ate few pounds of chocolate sweets every week until she was 119 years old.

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She credited her long life to being stress free and laughing a lot. Her circumstances always enabled a life of ease and comfort – born wealthy and married to a wealthy guy, so she never had any mental stress. She once quoted “If you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about it.” I knew a person who always lived a healthy lifestyle, ate right, and exercised daily. He was a man with Type A personality, I never saw him laugh, and he died of heart attack at the age of 61.

According to the studies done by the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, the most common characteristic amongst the cancer patients was Extreme suppression of anger. Numerous studies of cancer patients have shown extremely low anger scores, which suggest suppression, restraint of anger or repression. So we can say, stay happy and live longer.



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