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Monday, January 12, 2009

Reading My Blog Won't Make You Live Longer . . .It Will Just Seem Longer!

The doctor closes the door He is carrying a stack of reports which he silently reads with a grim look on his face.
The man on the other side of the desk is obviously nervous and finally bursts out, "Doc, how bad is it?"
The doctor says, "At my best estimate, you have six months to live."
In almost a whisper the man asks, "What should I do?"
"I think you should go marry the meanest, ugliest woman you can find."
Surprised the man asks, "Will that make me live longer?"
"No, " the doctor replies, "but it will seem longer."

The University of California at Riverside has discovered that those who are ambitious and disciplined live an average of four years longer than those who are impulsive. So, paying your bills on time and making to-do lists every day will lengthen your life. Yes, there may be four more years of living but are they worth it?

This means living a life of order and achievement. This means that you know where things are and you don't have to wonder where you put them. This means you plan your vacations, days off and long term projects. This means you eat your vegetables and have ice cream in moderation. Is this worth it?

The answer is an overwhelming, "Yes!" If you do what is right you also don't have the worries of those who are completely impulsive. You have more money because you have planned your spending. You are able to spend less money because you aren't buying impulsively. You wait for the sale. You buy quality because you have researched the products. You are in better shape because you know that this is important for achievement. You protect your relationships and don't let them deteriorate before you work on them. Your life is generally calmer and better.

Have you ever wondered why some people have more wrecks than others? Many times it is because they do not plan for anything to go wrong. They don't plan for the road to be wet or that the guy next to them will change lanes unexpectantly. They drive aggressively and it gets them in trouble.

This can be true in so many other areas of life. Some people have more illness. Many times it is because they don't take care of themselves. Some people have more financial crises. Often these are the same people who have no savings. Impulsiveness may seem like more fun but the private lives of impulsive people are full of worries.

So, eat your vegetables, work out and finish your to-do list. You won't just live longer; you'll live happier.

I guess I should buy a Day-Timer now. Right?

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