I have recently discovered that of all the factors that contribute to human health, the amount of money you have, or simply your social status, is the most important one.
It has been suspected for years, and recent studies in both Britain and the United States indicate that even if you are overweight, a smoker, have high cholesterol, and live a sedentary lifestyle, all things being equal, if you are rich you will live longer than if you are poor.
In my opinion, this is all about that elusive factor that is so intangible: Stress.
From personal experience Stress has amazingly poor effects on the body. Sometimes, the body reacts to stress in ways you would never suspect is being cause by stress. Things like, blurry vision (you think you need glasses or to get your current glasses checked). Things like clumsiness, dry mouth, headaches, a runny nose, etc, etc. All of these things and millions of others, can all be attributed to stress.
They say (who are they) that money can’t buy happiness. I disagree. Let’s say you compared two people, one rich one poor. They are both dealing with a recent death in the family. The rich person can still go out for their favorite meal at an expensive restaurant, sip champagne or cognac, with a nice cigar. The one with money who can slap the cash down on the table and walk away without a care in the world about money, will live a much happier, healthier, life than the one who stops at the grocery store and uses food stamps to try and piece together a meal for the family.
It’s just that simple. The research is out there; go check it out.