When I think about healthspan—the how “well” you live part of longevity—I think of three components: cognitive, physical, and emotional. It’s this last one that is disproportionately getting my attention.
I think this shows the power that both actions and words can have on us, and also how shame can travel with us for years and color our actions until we resolve it.
“The [stress response] system has been serving vertebrates, doing a lot of help for them for an awful long time, and it’s only been a very recent modification to instead secrete [cortisol] in response to thinking about taxes.” —Robert Sapolsky
Emotional trauma can have a big impact on our lives, and it’s often insidious, showing no overt signs of pathology. Yet, overcoming it might be one of the most powerful things we can do to improve the quality of our lives.
The deeper I get into exploring longevity, the more I feel compelled to understand death from reasons not related to the chronic diseases of aging.
For someone—me—who has a tumultuous relationship with his inbox, recommending a daily email should give you some idea of how highly I regard these.
This article shares some compelling evidence, in mice at least, showing how information about the paternal environment reaches the womb.