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How Thinking About Death Can Lead to a Good Life


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Agnes
- 948 days ago - sciencedaily.com
Thinking about death can actually be a good thing. An awareness of mortality can improve physical health and help us re-prioritize our goals and values, according to a new analysis of recent scientific studies.



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Jennifer C. (169)
Monday April 23, 2012, 1:10 am
Thanks.
 

paul m. (93)
Monday April 23, 2012, 1:12 am

Informed...
 

AWAYNOW M. (463)
Monday April 23, 2012, 7:39 pm
Always great to be AWARE and know your LIMITS! Personally, it is in the back of my mind! Prepared! Gotta think about what is going to happen, especially when you own pets!

Thank you Agnes!
 

Sally A. (48)
Monday April 23, 2012, 11:31 pm
Thanks.
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 7:46 am
good to know
 

Brian M. (201)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:21 am
I have reached an age where I am thankful for every minute that I DON'T think about death. I have lost friends and lovers. I am afflicted with chronic pain and illness. My father is gone; my mother is quite elderly and unlikely to last another ten years. My siblings are old and in poor health. The only time this meditation on death ceases is when I'm asleep and even then, dreams pester me with messages concerning my own demise.

Death ways so heavy on me; it is unbearable. Hopefully, if I have enough extra days left, then maybe I can make some kind of peace with the idea.
 

annelies j. (71)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 12:57 pm
I can relate to Brian's feelings.... My mother passed away just over 2 years ago. Realizing that I'll never see her again is so very painful.
Just last week, death, and my own mortality, and that of all my loved ones, has been consuming my every thought. A close friend's son committed suicide. He was one of those people who had everything going for him, so it seemed to most of us. He was a genius, freshman at Yale, many scholarships, recognized by his peers and teachers as a scientist, musician and member of a band, from a very loving family..... I don't know what went wrong, but I do know that he's gone now, and we'll never see him again.
Times like these make me understand why so many have this great need for religion and the belief of an afterlife. But I'm just too realistic, and I guess in a way I think that works out better for me, because it's making me realize that life's so very fleeting, and we all have such a short time to enjoy it. So all I can do is remind myself of this every day, and live every day to the fullest.
 

monka blanke (85)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 2:24 pm
Nothing lasts forever, death can strike at every minute. Knowing this, I try to prepare myself, trying to enjoy every moment of life...many thoughts are passing and I realize "emptiness"= when I try to locate my ego it vanishes, my body of flesh and blood will die, my spirit will perhaps reincarnate into a new lifeform... Life is so precious, we're all related,... nobody likes to feel pain; that's why it's so important to be compassionate - because our actions will have consequenses; life after life (Karma). "Dance like nobody is watching, enjoy yourself !"
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:00 pm
Your understanding of death, whether it be reincarnation, an eternal sleep, or a transportation to heaven should give you a degree of comfort in that it's a natural part of living.
 

marie c. (168)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:20 pm
You can not send a green star to Allan as have done so within the last week
 

Dave C. (224)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:43 pm
interesting, thanks.
 

Justina Gil (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:49 pm
Very interesting thanks
 

Frank S. (461)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 4:26 pm
I agree, that realizing about the frailty of our lives here on the earth helps, however death is not a good thing. Since I am a firm believer in God, I choose to focus on his love and mercy upon me and upon the entire human race. One time I actually sensed the Angel of Death and believe me, it was a very, very evil presence. I felt the evil spirit shadow me from early in the morning until about 9: PM that night, when at last he finally left due to prayer and praise to God. My only wish for the human race is that one day all people will be reunited forever with their loved ones, in a place full of joy and happiness forever!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 5:34 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 6:47 pm
Brian M. I hope you happen to read this: A great book regarding the terror of death is by the psychiatrist Invin Yalom, M.D.,called "Staring at the Sun...Overcoming the Terror of Death." Fear, he suggests, is "normal," but terror is both not normal and is something with which one can deal.
He posits the idea that part of the terror is a sense of the irrelevance of our lives that we anticipate will be part of the future, and that our personal legacy, as seen in the impact we have on others, and thus in future generations (as our parents , grandparents ,etc. have had on us and our children) is an antidote, if you will, for that irrelevance.
Yalom also suggests, and one can see it at work in the "Science Today" report that got all this started, that connections to others is what life is all about!
 

Frank S. (461)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 7:30 pm
This topic makes me very sad, as there is nothing more wonderful for me than to see the happiness in a loved one’s face, or in a friends face, or in any human beings face for that matter. Also the little animals having to die makes me sad as you can often see the light of love in their eyes as well. Plants are also alive and suffer when hurt or abused. Most of my people, (family, and some close friends,) are already in God’s hands and I do miss them dearly, but I always keep up my faith that one day we shall all be together again. It is a sad topic though, because separation is so hard even if you know for sure that they are still alive on the other side of the veil. I just want the entire human race to live forever, however I know sadly in my heart, that there are some among us who only want to do evil against humanity.

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~ Williams Penn
 

Judy C. (109)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 8:05 pm
In the end, probably all that will matter when we leave this life is the love we share with the other beings who are living on this planet. Whatever comes next is way too big for our minds to grasp. The unknown may become known. We may all merge back into a unity. As long as we're here, we may as well make the best of it. Here in this realm of space and time, each moment comes only once.

Studies like those in this article are good for us to learn from. This culture is generally phobic about death. We are afraid of the unknown, afraid of change. We try to fight and conquer nature rather than just going with the flow.

Good article, Agnes.
 

Harsha Vardhana R (57)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:00 pm
True, many of the eastern meditations advise to focus on death. That would help to remove fear and many silly desires and focus on true purpose of life. Of course, such practices need proper guidance.
 

Shirley S. (176)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 12:22 am
I think death is probably like undergoing anaesthesia. You are completely OUT to it.
 

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Julia R. (292)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 2:56 am
Interesting article about our own mortality that we all have to come to grips with and it is death that does in fact make life meaningful! There's a wonderful book entitled "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt about death and immortality and there was a movie made based on this book that is very good too. I highly recommend it- a great book for children of the ages of 12-13 if you read it with them and discuss it's very profound meaning. If we were to live forever, our lives just wouldn't mean as much as it is death which makes life so valuable and inspires us to do more with the time that we've been given especially when we allow ourselves to think about it. I think most of us on Care2 joined because we wanted to make a contribution to the world- to reduce global warming, conservation of what is left of our world's great animals, improve society, and make this world we live in a more compassionate and just place for all living beings. If we lived forever, I just don't think life would have the importance that it has and we would never be able to grasp the true miracle that it is! I don't really believe that we ever really die- we may go on living in another realm, or we may be reincarnated, or we may become a tachytron (something like that- a subatomic particle that physicists claim that we will eventually all become) and then travel the universe almost as quickly as the speed of light- and we may become part of star- that is how we got here before- not a bad way to go- to become part of a star, a galaxy, the awesome universe- something so much greater than ourselves! How incredible is that! Death is only the beginning to a far greater adventure.
 

Frank S. (461)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 5:51 am
Great article, Agnes.
 

Val R. (247)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 7:15 am
Thanks Agnes.
 

. (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:59 pm
Interesting!
 
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