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Generosity: Healing Through Giving
September 15, 2005

Midlife Wisdom For Men Issue #042, September 15, 2005

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Generosity: Healing Through Giving

Fight Macular Degeneration With Food

Book Review: Deadly Emotions


Written by Noel McNaughton (c) copyright 2005


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Welcome to this issue of Midlife Wisdom for Men.

I believe one of our strongests urges is to make a contribution, help others, make the world a better place. It must be in our genes, because giving makes us healthier.

Hope you find this newsletter interesting and useful.

There are about 620 words in the articles in this newsletter, which may take about two minutes to read.



Generosity: Healing Through Giving

In my conversations with midlife men, I have found many are interested in mentoring younger people, or volunteering their time to good causes. I think this is a normal desire as we get older, and it turns out it is also a healthy thing to do.

Here is an excerpt from The Lark Letter: A woman's Guide to Optimal Health & Balance, the April, 2004 edition. I found it interesting and thought you might too.

The philosopher Plato spent much time teaching his students that there was no healing of the body without simultaneous healing of the mind. Today we have psychoneuroimmunology, a fancy word for a field of study created in the 1970s to address the growing awareness in medicine that your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are inextricably intertwined.

In modern times, thousands of studies have been done, which give scientific validity to the age-old wisdom that what you do with your mind and emotions has a powerful effect on your health.

Harvard researchers studied the effects of altruism by taking before-and-after measurements of immune system markers in the saliva of volunteers who watched three films: the first on gardening, the second about the Nazis, and the third about Mother Teresa.

There was no change in immune markers before or after the first two films, but after the third one, a marker for improved immune function rose dramatically. In other words, just watching someone else be generous is good for your health.

In another landmark study, a researcher from the University of Michigan followed 2,700 people for more than a decade to determine how their social relationships affected their health. He found that more than any other activity, doing volunteer work improved health and increased life expectancy.

Psychologists Allan Luks and Howard Andrews collected surveys from more than 3,000 student volunteers and found that their "helper's high" was followed by a second stage they called the "healthy-helper syndrome." They defined this stage as "a longer-lasting sense of calm and heightened emotional well-being ... that is a powerful antidote to stress, a key to happiness and optimism, and a way to combat feelings of helplessness and depression."


Why did Becks get excited when he finished a jigsaw in three weeks? Because the box said 2 - 4 years


Fight Macular Degeneration With Food

Age-related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people over age 60. In the US alone, about 13 million people have it. My mother has it, as does a good friend in Vancouver. Macular degeneration doesn't usually cause total blindness, but it does destroy your central vision so reading, watching TV and driving are impossible. There is no cure, and treatments are very limited.

However, it appears you can help prevent both it and cataracts by eating more foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin. These include yellow and orange foods, such as corn, yams, yellow and orange peppers, as well as green leafy vegetables, especially spinach and collard greens.


At the Electric Company: "We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don't, you will be."


Interesting Book: Deadly Emotions by Don Colbert, M.D., Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 2003

This book was recommended by a friend, and I found it interesting and useful. There is plenty of information on the negative effects of stress, hostility and so forth, plus some good advice on what you can do about it.

I recommend it.


In the front yard of a Funeral Home: "Drive carefully. We'll wait"


Got your copy of Picking Up The Burning Feather yet? It will help you on your spiritual journey.

Just go to Picking Up The Burning Feather: A Spiritual Guide For Midlife Men.


At a Propane Filling Station, "Thank heaven for little grills."


Just For You: A Free Do-It-Yourself Retirement Planning Report

If you are a new subscriber to this newsletter, you will recall I promised you a link to a secret page on the Midlife Men's site where you can download a free 27-page report on 'DIY Retirement planning' by George Slater.

Welcome to the newsletter, and for your free report, go to: DIY Retirement E-Report , and follow the instructions.



Learn to be a Teleclass Facilitator

If you are a facilitator/speaker/professional who gives lectures or workshops, you can do it from home and make money. Teleclasses (also known as teleseminars) using telephone bridge lines, are becoming increasingly popular, and and a very inexpensive way to deliver high-quality training. I took training in teleclass leadership from Teleclass International which I highly recommend.



A Destroyer of Compasses by Wade Bell, published by Guernica Editions, (Toronto, Buffalo and Lancaster UK) $15.00 Cdn

One Man's Mid-Life Crisis Led to Spain. Planning to spend six weeks, he stayed five years.

A book of stories the Toronto Globe & Mail called "an assured and sensual portrait of a culture" with "precise and ironic examples of human idiosyncracy." The review went on to call stories "gems."

Available from Amazon, E-Bay and local bookstores.


I Need Your Questions and Feedback!

Got comments? Questions? I'd love to hear from you.

Just email your suggestions and/or questions to . I look forward to hearing from you. And thanks.


Well friend, that's it for now. Again, if you enjoyed this and/or found it useful, and know of anyone else who might like it, please pass it forward. And if you have questions or recommendations, I would love to hear from you.

All the best, Noel

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