A new study has found that older Americans with more money also have better physical functioning. Each increase or decrease in level of household income, from poverty to wealth, is associated with a similar difference in physical capability.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that wealthier people aged 55 to 84 had an easier time walking, carrying, reaching, lifting objects and climbing stairs.
Those at a similar age living below the poverty level were six times more likely to have physical limitations.
A probable cause is the physical health problems that plague poorer people in greater numbers throughout their lifetimes. These can cumulatively cause chronic problems later on.
This interesting study raises the even more interesting question posed in the headline, because I believe you can have all three -- wealthy, healthy, and spiritual -- if you're willing to make the effort.
It is my experience that most people hold the belief that you can only achieve one state in life. You can be wealthy and abandon your spirituality or you can strive to be spiritual, but you must abandon all material possessions.
While it is a challenge, as the attraction for wealth can cause one to engage in non-enlightened behaviors, I do believe that you can actually achieve both.
One of the very first steps would be for you to write down your goals. This is something that only 3% of people ever do. Many have nebulous goals but 97% of people never write them down.
Most people don't understand that there is not much difference between properly constructed goals and having a genie that can magically grant your every wish. If they believed that they would start constructing goals.
They don't understand that one of the universal principles of life is that whatever you focus your attention on you tend to manifest in your life. This is true whether you believe it or not. Just like the law of gravity, you don't have to believe in it to work. The law of attraction, like the law of gravity, is a universal truth.
The sooner you recoginze and accept this fact the sooner you will be able to use it to your advantage.
It is my experience that most people aren't even aware of this and apply it negatively to their lives. They focus on what they don't want and what they are afraid of and they attract more of that into their life.
If you have done this in the past I would suggest making positive present tense goals and applying the following SMART principle to them to make them more effective:
Last month I took four solid hours out of my weekend to tackle a project that has been on my plate for many months. To write down my goals.
The twist I did this time was to actually divide them into specific time frames, so I set goals for the following time frames:
I had never set goals in this format and it was initially quite a challenge. But once I got rolling I was able to come up with about 50 of them. One of the keys to achieving these goals is to review them regularly. So I put an appointment in my Outlook calendar and every month am committing to a one hour review and update of these goals.
I would also strongly recommend the goal setting page that we have on our site as it reviews many more specifics.