Monday, November 26, 2012

Embrace Your Passion!

Living life your way, embracing new passions and being adventurous of mind, is not only the Front Porch “way” but new research suggests it may also lead to a longer life.
It’s no secret that here at Front Porch we encourage each and every person to express themselves creatively, to do that which they enjoy and to seek out things that are new and exciting. But more than that, we strongly support those activities which keep our minds alert. Case in point, our partnership with Dakim and our concentration on mind/body health.
You see it at our communities, you read about it in our blogs – we don’t simply talk about the essentials of retirement, but we encourage active minds and active engagement in all the things essential in life: education & lifelong learning, hobbies, leisure activities, the joys and passions of the individuals who make Front Porch an exciting place. Well, as it turns out in a recent study, these are exactly the same things that may help an individual live a longer life.
— Rob Klose, director, Front Porch Foundation Systems and Services
Creativity Predicts a Longer Life
Research continues to support the theory that creative thinking keeps the brain healthy, according to studies conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center. The study associated creativity with openness, which is one of the five major personality traits. Openness refers to the measure of cognitive flexibility and the willingness to entertain novel ideas. Researchers have found several benefits of greater openness, such as longevity, lower metabolic risk, higher self-rated health, and stress management. A study published in the Journal of Aging and Health found that creativity was the greatest aspect of openness to cause health benefits, as creative participants in the study lived longer than others.  Analysis of stress management also produced interesting results. The study found that creative individuals approached stress as a controllable challenge rather than a troublesome obstacle.
— Scientific American, September 9, 2012