I’ve read over 54 books in the last 40 weeks on positive psychology and I also read 2-4 journal articles on physical and mental and interpersonal health each day and these are some of the things I learned through my engagement with digital and auditory media over the years:
1 - Dog owners live longer
2 - Cat owners live even longer than dog owners
3 - People who care for sick or disabled family members live longer on average, even if many of them report higher stress and work load
4 - People who help people and groups that do not return the favour live the longest. People who help groups that help them live a little longer and people who receive from others without paying the people back live the shortest lives of all.
5. People who volunteer out of compassion and love live longer lives, people who volunteer out of guilt or obligation or reputation advancement do not live longer than people who do not volunteer.
6. People who volunteered had lower rates of heart disease and inflammation and obesity.
7. Religious people tend to live longer and over 46 percent of North American Christians do volunteer work.
8. People whose goals in life are social and moral tend to live longer than people whose goals in life are material or physical.
9. People who socialized and kept in regular contact with peers were over 85% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people who did not socialize with others.
10. Even though married woman usually share their beds with a snoring partner, they tend to sleep better than non married woman
Conclusion: The Data Suggests that Compassion and Love and Caring for others is Good for your Physical and Mental and Spiritual Health.