Another Key To Healthy Aging: Self Esteem
Feeling good and feeling good about yourself have a lot in common, according to researchers at Concordia University. HealthDay reports that the scientists at the school surveyed 147 people aged 60 and older, following them for four years, and checking their health, their levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and symptoms of depression and degree of self-esteem. The envelope please…the researchers found that when people’s self-esteem decreased, they had an increase in cortisol levels, and vice versa, and that the link between self-esteem and cortisol levels was especially strong in people with a history of stress or depression. So yes, the researchers came away convinced that maintaining or improving self-esteem could help prevent health problems typically associated with aging.