A Harmonious Family Is the First Secret to Longevity

A happy family brings more benefits than you may realize. (Image: bengrey via Compfight cc)
A happy family brings more benefits than you may realize. (Image: bengrey via Compfight cc)

A Georgian peasant woman lived to the age of 132 years and 91 days. When she was 130 years old, a reporter asked her the secret of her longevity. She replied: A harmonious family…

Two American psychology professors did a 20-year study, and found that human relationships are the decisive factor determining life span. They said relationships are more important than diet, exercise, and medical examinations.

A follow-up investigation of 268 men by Harvard University School of Medicine found how important human relationships in life are. The health hazards from a lack of social support are comparable to smoking or no exercise.

An American psychiatrist’s 25-year follow-up survey found that the death rate is higher for people who are narrow-minded, hostile, and seek fame and wealth, compared to those who are open-minded, helpful, and easy-going. The incidence of heart disease for the former is five times the latter.

Due to poor relationships, one’s heart may be filled with anger, resentment, and hostility, which lead the sympathetic nerves to an agitated condition, and excessive adrenaline.

Psychologist Abraham Maslow summarizes five needs in life:

  • Physiological
  • Safety
  • Love/Belonging
  • Esteem
  • Self-actualization

When these “needs” are met, happiness follows!

Research: Monica and Aizhu

 

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