The Key to Staying Young

The Key to Staying Young

Gone are the days of searching for the fountain of youth. Ponce de Leon held onto the hope that mankind could stay forever young, but we realize now that it’s impossible.

But do you really have to grow old? You’ve heard the saying, “You’re only as old as you feel.”

Studies have shown that those who feel younger than they actually are find themselves in better health and live longer than those who feel their age. So what can you do to keep yourself young at heart? Here are some great ways to start:

  • Don’t act your age. Just be yourself. Don’t worry about what people think you should be doing or how you should be acting. Don’t let society put expectations on you because of your age. Just be who you are and express yourself however you want to.
  • Spend time with people of all ages. It’s great to have friends who are in the same stage of life as you are. But make sure you have some younger friends, too. Reach out to the next generation. If you don’t have grandchildren of your own, find some to ‘adopt’. They’ll keep you young.
  • Be active. Take daily walks, sign up at the gym, take a yoga class, or follow an exercise program. Whatever you do, keep yourself moving – it will keep you in better health, and make you feel good about yourself!
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Plant a garden or pick some flowers. Take a walk. Have a picnic lunch under a shade tree. Spend time breathing the fresh air and enjoying the world around you.

Did you know that staying young at heart will actually keep you healthier and help you live longer?

  • Support a cause. What are you passionate about? Find a way to get involved in something worthwhile. Making a difference in the world will make you feel good and give you a reason to get up in the morning.
  • Pick up a hobby. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? There’s no better time to start than now! Learn a new hobby, spend more time on a favorite hobby, or pick up something that you used to do many years ago. You’ll find a new zest for life when you spend time doing something you love.
  • Challenge yourself. Do something that scares you. Try something new. Do something difficult. Don’t sit back and let yourself grow old. Challenge yourself to keep learning and growing and accomplishing new things.

Age is a state of mind. Stay positive about life and stay young at heart!

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