You're as Old as You Feel

January 31, 2011

Chronological age and biological age are two distinct qualities. It’s what can make someone at thirty feel old and someone at eighty feel young. In other words once we’ve finished developing chronological age no longer determines our capabilities; from that point on it’s the choices we make that determine how quickly we will age. Youthfulness is as much a state of mind as it is a function of how we feel.

Take a moment to watch the following video and notice your response to the woman who is featured. What are the qualities in this woman that make her youthful even through she’s in her mid seventies?

Here are some suggestions that will help the rest of us to stay as youthful as this hip hop granny.

  • Vary your routines. If you find yourself doing the same things week in and week out your brain goes on a holiday and becomes lazy. Stimulate your brain with new and novel activities.
  • Pay attention to your feelings, both emotional and physical. When is the last time you relished the feel of grass between your fingers or stroked a cat for the pure joy of feeling the smooth texture of its fur? When did you take the time to feel enthusiasm or joy at the accomplishment of a task before going on to do the next thing on your “to do” list?
  • Learn something new every week and share your findings with a friend. We are social creatures and we thrive on learning; combine those two elements and life will feel more zesty.

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