“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friederich Nietzche, German philosopher and philologist.
Does the will to live keep people alive?
Do people sometimes just “give up?”
Findings from studies of the most elderly persons and the terminally ill show that those with a stronger desire to live survive longer compared to those who are less determined.
Longevity as a Goal
Keep your life force stronger through the strength of your desire for living an active life WITHOUT REGRETS!
When people believe that a specific age is attainable, healthy behaviors are likely to coincide. When a person desires a long healthy life, he or she will be more inclined to make better food choices, exercise, and be social.
Proactively living toward future improvements in one’s life may reinforce or strengthen the will to live. Click here for an uplifting article to boost your spirits and strengthen your will to live an active life!
Optimism is Everything!
The Holocaust provided examples of men and women with outstanding wills to live and incredibly optimistic thinking. One study found that people who practiced positive thinking were also less likely to succumb to illnesses like flu or other diseases.
Another example would be a woman in hospice who was told she had weeks to live. She stated she wanted to make it to her 80th birthday that was six months away. She surprised the doctors and made it ten more months – four months past her big birthday party!
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale
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How do you remain positive with a desire to live life fully?