…that in countries with economic freedom (and – today – the United States is largely about politically protected & promoted monopolies and cartels), most individuals flourish without having to overcome all odds.
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore are examples of states where the people flourish in an area whose main natural resource is the economic freedom of the people who live there.
One way to think about economic freedom versus micro-managed economies is to Imagine 2 sets of people in a huge variety of boats.
One group is going up a river that has a strong current in the other direction.
The second group is going with the river. They can even choose to drift and do little more than steer to make significant progress.
They don’t have to build themselves into someone with super human ability to pay for the monopolies, and pay the micro-mangers and then make ends meet with what’s left over.
Fighting Upstream Takes Power
Who Can”t Successfully Drift Downstream
Freedom creates individual opportunity that anyone can access and with enough abundance spilling over that those who need help can get support from private institutions or neighbors.
In countries with feeble economies, the ruling elite, the economists and politicians think that their central planning monopoly creation and the commodities they control are the sources for any level of abundance in society… And we should be grateful to them…
They’re nuts. So what can we do?
When we are denied our freedom, when we have our money and our choices taken by the political elite, this simple step towards brain health can bless our lives, our loved ones, and our neighbors. We must use our brains to disregard and bypass the lunatics in charge.
Let’s explore and share this step…
Boost Your Brain Health by Developing a Higher Purpose in Life, and Other Simple Brain-Boosting Strategies
By Dr. Mercola
Research suggests that personality traits like optimism and having a sense of purpose can benefit your health in a number of different ways, and ultimately help you live longer.
One recent study1,2 has even linked having a sense of purpose in life to reduced odds of suffering a stroke. More than 450 elderly were included in the study, and underwent annual physical and psychological evaluations until their death.
Purpose in life was judged on a five-point scale, and for every one-point increase in the score, the odds of having a macroscopic infarction (clearly visible stroke damage at autopsy) went down by about 50 percent.
In all, those with a strong sense of life purpose were 44 percent less likely to have suffered the kind of major brain tissue damage that drives up your risk of age-related dementia and disability.
This link persisted even after adjusting for contributing factors such as obesity, smoking, diabetes, blood pressure, and lack of exercise. Lead author Lei Yu told Reuters:3
“We and others have shown that purpose in life is protective against multiple adverse health outcomes in older age… Importantly, purpose in life may be improved through changes in behaviors or participation in activities like volunteerism, among other things.”
Having a sense of purpose in life is a key component of psychological well-being, and involves finding meaning in what you do and who you are, and leading a goal-directed life. According to the study:
“Older people with a greater sense of purpose are less likely to develop adverse health outcomes, including mortality, decline in physical function, frailty, disability, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and clinical stroke.”
Is Your Personality Geared for Longevity?
Having a sense of purpose and staying productive has also been shown to promote longevity in The Longevity Project,4 a Stanford study spanning 80 years. Here, your level of conscientiousness, specifically, was identified as a marker for longevity.
The reason for this, the researchers believe, is because conscientious behavior influences other behaviors.
For example, conscientious people tend to make healthier choices, such as avoiding smoking, choosing work they enjoy, and life partners they get along with—factors that can have a significant impact on their stress level and general contentment.
Conscientious people also tend to be more productive, even past conventional retirement age, and tend to regard their work as having purpose.
The Longevity Project dismisses the idea that hard work will kill you early. On the contrary, those who stay productive and work hard all their lives actually tend to be happier, healthier, and more social compared to those who don’t work as hard.
Positive Attitudes Also Reduce Heart Disease Risk and Influences Gene Expression…