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I was perusing the internet last week when I stumbled upon a quiz from PARADE entitled “How Fast Are You Aging?” I had a free moment at work, so I decided to check it out. The quiz contains 21 questions, and you receive a certain amount of points based on the way you answer the question. Each question asks you about an aspect of your life and/or behavior, and after you answer the question, you are presented with a “Why it Matters” section explaining why the issue is important to your health and how it can affect your rate of aging. You are placed into 5 categories of aging based on the number of points you accumulated throughout the quiz. See the below example of question #2 I took directly from the quiz to give you a better idea of its format:

2. Do you smoke?

a) Add 10 points if you rarely even smell smoke
b) Add 5 points if you’re exposed to some second-hand smoke every day, but you don’t smoke
c) Add 2 points if you live with a smoker, but don’t smoke yourself
d) Add no points if you smoke

Why It Matters

Smoking is one guaranteed way to age your body faster. You know the effects–wrinkled skin, clogged arteries, emphysema, cancer, and impotence, to name just a few.

But the most important reason to stop smoking is that it overstimulates the immune system, which in turn speeds up aging. A May 2005 study from the American Heart Journal revealed that smokers showed signs of high immune activation including elevated CRP levels, as well as higher levels of macrophage-stimulating factors, which trigger our white blood cells to multiply, proliferate, and kill. (We’ll talk more about that later.)

Even second-hand smoke causes immune activation. A February 2004 study in the American Journal of Medicine showed that people exposed to second hand smoke at least three days a week had higher white blood counts, as well as higher CRP levels, than people not so exposed.

If you have some free time, I suggest taking the quiz (answer all questions honestly – the computer isn’t going to judge you!) to gain insight on how factors you both can and can’t control are affecting your health. Hopefully, it will provide you a much-needed push to change negative behavior that is currently impeding your health. The quiz actually persuaded me to take a daily multi-vitamin and to step up my flossing habits. Once you’ve implemented a healthier lifestyle, take the quiz again and to watch your points sky-rocket while your rate of aging plummets. 🙂

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I found this article a few weeks ago, and the first sentence really caught my attention: “Recent studies have shown that as women get older, they get sadder (whereas men get happier as they age).” How unfortunate these studies are! It makes you stop and wonder why fabulous women (like ourselves!) grow sadder with age; we have so much past to be grateful for and such promising futures knocking at our doors. It’s so easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of our lives and to dwell on what has gone wrong instead of relishing in and appreciating all of the wonderful things happening in our lives. We need to start focusing on everything that has gone right!

The author mentioned in this article, Marcus Buckingham, discusses the studies that show women get sadder, and he proposes solutions to overcome this sadness in his book entitled “Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently.” Buckingham also designed a quiz, the “Strong Life Test” to help women discover that “fulfills you and brings you happiness.” The quiz takes no more than 15 minutes and can provide you a lot of insight into who you are and what brings you happiness. The quiz determines your lead role and supporting role in life. My roles are outlined below to give you an idea of what to expect upon completion:

—Your lead role: CREATOR—

You begin by asking: “What do I understand?” You aren’t immune to the feelings and perspectives of others, but your starting point is your own insight, your own understanding.

Your best quality: Your ability to find patterns invisible to others.

Always: Find time to be by yourself.

Be careful you: Don’t think so long, you never do anything.

Your smartest career move: Any job where you’re paid to produce new content.

—Your supporting role: ADVISOR—

You begin by asking: “What is the best thing to do?” Your thrill comes from knowing that you are the person others turn to for the answer. You don’t necessarily want to be the person who actually makes the changes happen. Rather, what excites you is being valued by others for your insight and your judgment.

Your best quality: Your ability to find a solution.

Always: Search for data to support your advice.

Be careful you: Don’t get frustrated by other people’s failings.

Your smartest career move: Any job where you’re paid to be opinionated.

Enjoy finding your strongest life!

Dancing in the street

“Some pursue happiness, others create it.” ~Author Unknown

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