The Perks of Aging?

Young at Heart

There’s much talk about how to prevent the signs of aging, how to push back the years both physically and mentally in order to look, act and feel younger. But who is talking about all the benefits that come with age? While none of us want to embrace the image of ourselves with white hair, wrinkles, and Coke-bottle glasses, there are many perks that come with age. Focusing on the positive side of things can help improve your outlook and look forward to what’s to come, rather than dread it.

Older Adults Are Happier. Research shows that compared to younger people, people who are older report feeling happier. Why is this? Many think its because older people are comfortable with who they are and accept themselves, faults and all. They also tend to focus on the bright side of things, leading to a more positive attitude.

Wisdom. It really is true that older is wiser. Drawing on the years of experiencing different situations, learning new things, and having already dealt with most of the situations that are scary, uncomfortable or strangeĀ  brings a sense of competence and confidence in our own abilities and knowledge.

Time to Play. That trip you’ve always wanted to take? The cooking class that looked interesting? That water aerobics class that’s starting up? At this point in your life, you have the time, and often the economic standing, to enjoy all the things you’ve been putting off due to work or family obligations. Life is an adventure, and now you have time to explore it!

You Are In Control. Many people reach certain milestone ages (this means you, 40!) and the black frosted cake, clacking dentures, and cane show up as gag gifts to foreshadow what’s to come. But it doesn’t have to be like that at all. Eating good healthy foods, exercising, staying involved with friends and family, learning new skills and counting your blessings will help you look and feel your best. No matter what your chronological age is, if you are young at heart it will show…and encourage and inspire others to look toward the future with excitement.

 

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