Monday, May 27, 2013

Active Aging
2-20-13 WOSO Commentary

A recent article in El Nuevo Día of February 4th titled “More Stress, Longer Life” confirms what I have read and how I continue to focus my life. Although the common understanding is that a life without stress is the principal ingredient for a long life, studies going back as far as 1921, indicate the opposite -.those who said they avoided stress, took things easy, and retired early had the tendency of dying younger.

We all know persons who generally live a stressless life with precious few commitments. We should not judge, and we must accept that they are indeed happy. Nevertheless, I cannot help feeling sad that talent and experience is not being put to use for the good of the community.

As I see it, we need to do what makes us happy, but thank God, this El Nuevo Día article reafirms that commitments, challenges, and social involvement, even though they often create stress, are favorable traits that lead to a longer life. More importantly, these traits lead to a better society. 

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