Entries by Beverly Engel

Greater Purpose in Life and Brain Health

Good ol’ Norman Vincent Peale convinced the world a long time ago that there is power in positive thinking, but even he might have been surprised to know that there may be neurological benefits, as well. In a recent and much publicized study (Boyle, 2012), patients with the physical indicators of Alzheimer’s disease — amyloid, tangles, and other pathologic changes revealed by brain scan — were assessed annually for both cognitive ability and “purpose in life.”