Positive thoughts may lead to good health

Oct. 26, 2005 at 5:38 PM
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CHICAGO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Scientists say a person's outlook on life and the way he or she takes care of the mind as well as body can lead to a longer lifespan.

Dr. David Bennett, the director of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging n Chicago said research shows keeping busy can help the body itself stay in shape and good working order, ABC News reports.

He said staying busy doesn't necessarily wear a person out.

Harvard Medical School professor, Dr. Herbert Benson, said controlling stress, by meditation, prayer or positive thoughts, is important.

Benson, also the founding president of the Mind/Body Medical Institute, said it can create "biochemical, molecular, physiological changes in the body" that counter stressful conditions that take a toll on the body.

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