The ability to anticipate future events allows us to plan and exert control over our lives, but it may also contribute to stress-related increased risk for the diseases of aging.
In a study of 50 women, about half of them caring for relatives with dementia, the psychologists found that those most threatened by the anticipation of stressful tasks had bodies that looked older at the cellular level.
Psychiatrist Elissa Epel says, "As stress researchers, we try to examine the psychological process of how people respond to a stressful event and how that impacts their neurobiology and cellular health."
So if you want to stay young, be spontaneous! (If you can).
Alas, if you want to attend the Dreamland Festival in May, you HAVE to plan ahead, but we PROMISE you that all the wonderful things you hear there will make you feel YOUNG. (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show and they also get 10% off Festival tickets!)