Here’s an example of Positive Aging:
Many of my neighbors and friends in our 55 plus community comment on how they personally “feel” younger than their age suggests.
I know it’s true for me, 73, as well as for my husband, almost 73.
The question was recently raised, “younger relative to what?” Personal opinion?
Well, of course! Only I know whether I feel younger than my parents’ or grandparents’ seemed at 73. And my parents were still travelling in their motor home across the country at 73.
Certainly it’s perspective or attitude which, it turns out, has a lot to do with how your state of mind influences your life.
The medical field has long sung the praises of a positive attitude concerning healing and coping with adversity. In an earlier post, I commented on choosing to see the glass as half full. Attitude is a choice. Positive aging is a choice.
“If you self-define as someone who is old, then you probably act that way.’
My post title ” Is aging a state of mind?” is more than personal opinion. Check out this link if you need further convincing. Dr. Mercola spells it out pretty clearly.
When positive age stereotypes were strengthened, it led to improvements in physical function that rivaled those achieved by six months of exercise!9 And it’s simply no coincidence that many centenarians mention positive thought and emotional wellness in their advice on how to stay healthy.
To want to feel younger is not vanity. It’s not trying to grip the past with clinched fingers and gnashing teeth.
What it is for me, and for many of my friends, is fully celebrating the gift of years that we’ve been given. It’s not tossing in the towel because something hurts or we’re tired or we can’t focus on a new purpose. It’s choosing a way to enjoy every hour of every day and every breath we take.
The why is ‘why choose the alternative? Why give up?
What are your feelings about aging?
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