Magical mind, magical body

Summer is a great time, whatever the weather. It’s a period when we regather our energy, soaking in the warmth and sunshine (yes, even in rainy Britain, the sun is known to shine occasionally during the summertime).

For me, summer is a time to laze around reading.

And I’ve just been given some amazing insights into the body’s relationship to the mind by reading  Deepak Chopra’s, Magical Mind Magical Body’.

Chopra explains how personality impacts choice of food, music and activities and how we can use this knowledge to optimise our health and potential.

All awesome stuff as evidenced by some of the mind-blowing facts provided about body and mind:

– In a year, a person`s heart beats 40,000,000 times.
– The average human’s heart will beat 3,000 million times in their lifetime.
– The average human will pump 48 million gallons of blood in their lifetime.
– In 1 square inch of skin there lies 4 yards of nerve fibers, 1300 nerve cells, 100 sweat glands, 3 million cells, and 3 yards of blood vessels.
– The structural plan of a whale’s, a dog’s, a bird’s and a man’s ‘arm’ are exactly the same.
– There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being.
– Most people blink about 25 times a minute.
– Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.
– Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170-miles per hour.
– You use an average of 43 muscles for a frown. You use an average of 17 muscles for a smile.
– Every two thousand frowns creates one wrinkle.
– You burn 26 calories in a one-minute kiss.
– The average human body contains enough: Sulphur to kill all fleas on an average dog, Carbon to make 900 pencils, Potassium to fire a toy cannon, Fat to make 7 bars of soap, Phosphorus to make 2,200 matchheads, and enough water to fill a ten-gallon tank.
– A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
– The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.
Live well, live happy, folks – and keep on rocking!

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Are you ready to age?

If you are anything like me, you’d probably answer no the question above.

But are you aware that in fewer than ten years, all the baby boomers will be aged between 51 to 70 years.

And according to a report by management consultancy McKinsey, boomers will account for something like 40 percent of spending in the US by 2015 with roughly similar figures for the UK and Europe.

Those kind of figures tend to impress marketing folks, but according to a new McKinsey survey many aging people ‘face the prospect of shattered expectations’ despite the economic power of their cohort.

According to the survey, a generation that lived through unprecedented prosperity is going to have to learn how to cope with significant financial, physical and social challenges whatever their high hopes for ‘golden years’.

I personally am a very positive person, probably as a result of spending hours trying to master hula hoops in the 1950s. Yet even I felt initially despondent reading the revelations McKinsey’s research portrayed.

It seems that 60 percent of boomers won’t be able to maintain a lifestyle close to their current one without continuing to work, while a similar number already suffer from chronic health problems. More than 46 percent told researchers they feared ending up alone, and 43 percent are frustrated that they aren’t leading the lives they expected to.

Luckily for my own sense of wellbeing, the McKinsey research (bringing together economic forecasting, demographic modelling and market research) did manage to find grounds for optimism. As a generation that has rewritten the rules at every stage of our lives, we apparently feel resourceful and willing to change. Around 80 percent of those surveyed said they believe they can ‘survive anything that life throws at them’.

I’d love to hear what you feel about the ‘aging’ laying ahead, please leave your comments below.

Live long, live well, laugh a lot.

What makes us powerful?

 

 Wealth? Health? Intelligence? Planning for a retirement in the sun or avoiding a potentially disastrous retirement spent in penury? I don’t know about you, but I feel confused about all the contradictory messages being winged my way from government or marketers.

 

I belong to the Baby Boomer generation, born in 1947 (there, now you know how old I am). I hear some people say what a lucky chappy I am. I’m richer, healthier and wiser than any preceding generation. Other folks, especially government authorities and academics, warn of the onerous times ahead, long years of ageing, diminishing health and rising poverty (scary stuff). So what’s the truth?

 

One thing I discovered early on sitting in a ‘Beatnik’ coffee bar in Manchester in the early ‘60s debating The Bomb, Bob Dylan and Camus is that life never delivers certainty. And that means to get the most out of our journey, whatever our age, demands constantly making the effort to make our dreams come true.

 

I have never been prepared to wait all day for something to start happening. And that is why I helped start Wanobe. Wanobe exists to help you look for friends and family, play different kinds of games, shop, date and chat.

 

Some claim that today’s Internet has been shaped by the needs and desires of the younger generation, which may have been true before. But now – with Wanobe -there’s a place you, I and everyone else over the age of fifty can call our own, and shape according to our wants and needs. Now that is what I call power.

 

Let me know how you feel in the comment zone below, the good, the bad and the ugly.

 

Live long, live well, my fellow Wanobians,

 

Dave