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Believing is being

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As you believe, so you will be. A new study by Seoul National University in South Korea asserts that feeling younger can slow down the rate of brain ageing. The study, published in journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, shows that people who feel they are younger than their age are prone to score higher on a memory test, trust that they had better health, and aren’t as likely to show depressive symptoms. What’s more, they display increased grey matter volume in key regions of the brain. “We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” Jeanyung Chey of Seoul National University tells media. “Importantly, this difference remains robust even when other possible factors, including personality, subjective health, depressive symptoms or cognitive functions, are accounted for.” Feeling younger doesn’t just aid brain health—a study in 2017 said it can also have a positive impact on the quality of your sex life. So think young—and you shall reap the rewards!

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
December 2018