Impulse Control and Stress Management

Live Without Stress: How to Enjoy the Journey opens with a quotation: “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, tension, and stress. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” —George Burns, American entertainer, 1896-1996

Living without stress was the key to Masazo Nonaka’s (1905 – 2019) long life—recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man in April 2018 when he was 112 years old. He passed on at 113 in on January 20, 2019 in Hokkaido, Japan.

His granddaughter, Yuko, told the Kyodo News that his long life was due to his trying to “live without stress.”

A key characteristic of living without stress has to do with self-discipline as it relates to impulse control. I was recently listening to a radio talk program discussing the topics of self-control and impulse control. These two concepts are intertwined.

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