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Emotions and Cognitive Skills

I came across an interesting article and thought it would appeal to many of our readers. Recent research has shown that, while cognitive skills decline as we age, our emotions can help make up the difference. The article, from Scientific American magazine, can be found here: How Seniors Can Get a Cognitive Boost.

It reminds me of an old Calvin & Hobbes comic strip in which Calvin was grumbling about an unpleasant task and his father reminded him that it would build character. Calvin muttered that he didn’t know what he needed all this character for. Well, now we know: A lifetime of experience helps you to make effective decisions intuitively, or from the heart. It’s a nice affirmation of all that character building we all go through. As the article says, “…it appears that the higher levels of well-being in older adults is contagious by eliciting positivity in their social partners.” We all know this, but it never hurts to have a reminder–Happiness is contagious, pass it on!

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