With a Positive Mental Attitude, You Really Can Be as Young as You Feel
There are many proven anti-aging recommendations that can help us live longer, happier lives. Eating a nutritious diet, exercising, and getting regular health checkups are all tools we can use to take control of the aging process. It’s just a plus that these same tools keep us looking and feeling younger. But there is one main component of this equation that has the potential to do more good for your health and well-being as you age than many of the other popular anti-aging strategies combined. The most important body part in your anti-aging arsenal is…your brain. Having a positive mental attitude about yourself, your life and the aging process can actually add years to your life.
The link between positive mental health and longevity has been proven in many studies. One review from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology examined studies on the connection between a positive view of aging and a longer life. When younger people began to view the aging process as positive, they were happier and healthier as they began to age than those people who viewed aging as depressing or inevitable. Research also shows that people who viewed aging positively actually lived 7.5 years longer! This is in comparison to physical contributors toward a longer life, such as low blood pressure or low cholesterol adding 4 years each to your life, and not smoking adding 14 years to your life.
One of the best ways to help your body and your mind as you age is to exercise. Exercise can provide multiple anti-aging benefits, such as weight loss, stress reduction, toning and strengthening your muscles, bones and heart. Exercise also helps create a positive mood and relieves depression, due to the release of serotonin and endorphins, which can give you a sunnier outlook on life when you exercise consistently.
Now that you are aware of the strong benefits of creating a more positive outlook and a positive view of the aging process, the only thing left to do is find the best way to boost your own positive mindset. Getting enough sleep is one way to instantly brighten your outlook. A healthy diet plus natural supplements can also give your brain and body the fuel it needs to face every day more positively. Learning a new skill, creating goals, exploring your spirituality and engaging your brain through social games such as chess, or with brain games and puzzles are all great ways to keep your brain fit, healthy and engaged in life. In doing so, you can truly enjoy those extra years of happy, healthy living!