I’ve nothing to add to this. It’s brilliant!
Ikigai — The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, Hector Garcia and Frances Miralles
It has been shown that maintaining an active, adaptable mind is one of the key factors in staying young.
Having a youthful mind also drives you toward a healthy lifestyle that will slow the aging process.
Just as a lack of physical exercise has negative effects on our bodies and mood, lack of mental exercise is bad for us because it causes our neurons and neural connections to deteriorate—and, as a result, reduces our ability to react to our surroundings.
This is why it’s so important to give your brain a workout…
Presented with new information, the brain creates new connections and is revitalized. This is why it is so important to expose yourself to change, even if stepping outside your comfort zone means feeling a bit of anxiety…
Our neurons start to age while we are still in our twenties. This process is slowed, however, by intellectual activity, curiosity, and a desire to learn. Dealing with new situations, learning something new every day, playing games, and interacting with other people seem to be essential antiaging strategies for the mind. Furthermore, a more positive outlook in this regard will yield greater mental benefits.
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