July 10, 2017
“It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.”
I was at the market the other day and the cashier told me about her parents, both in their nineties, who have been married for almost 70 years. Both are suffering from health loss. One with failing eyesight the other with hearing loss. She went on to let me know that her parents had the same characteristics as her grandmother who lived to be one hundred and ten years old, that is a positive outlook on life.
What she said reminded me of what I believe is the secret to graceful aging and that is a positive attitude. Those folks who slip into depression or even just the blahs often lose the ability to enjoy their lives, sometimes even to the point that their health suffers.
After listening to my new friend at the market I read an article published by TIME magazine that had some things I found worth thinking about. Here are a few excerpts that I would like to share with you today. The article was 12 Habits That Sabotage Your Mental Health written by Carey Rossi.
Hang on to your happiness
Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles. But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize. Your social media habits, exercise routine, and even the way you walk may be sucking the happiness out of your day, and you may not even know it. Luckily, these behaviors can be changed.
Get happy now: Lift your chin up and roll your shoulders back to keep your outlook on the positive side.
You don’t exercise, Consider this: If you become more active three times a week, your risk of being depressed decreases 19%, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. After following more than 11,000 people born in 1958 up until the age of 50, and recording depressive symptoms and levels of physical activity at regular intervals, University College London researchers found a correlation between physical activity and depression. People who were depressed were less likely to be active, while those who were active were less likely to be depressed. In fact, for every time they were active, depression risk decreased 6%.
Get happy now: Just get out and move. It doesn’t need to be for long—walking to errands if possible, taking the stairs—but any activity will help keep your mind moving.
You procrastinate. Think about a task you’ve been putting off. If the reason is because it’s boring or you just don’t feel like doing it, well, we can’t help you there. But if you’re avoiding the task because it makes you anxious or because you’re afraid of failing, then procrastinating just makes completing it more nerve-wracking.
Get happy now: Before you finally tackle your problem head-on, do something that helps you ease stress: listen to music, go for a run, Leonard suggests engaging in an activity that helps disintegrate the anxiety. This way you can insert a bit of fun into it, instead of stress.
You take life too seriously You trip on a crack in the sidewalk, and instead of shrugging it off, you cower with embarrassment. If that sounds like you, it’s time to find some ways to laugh more. Leonard says. “Laughter is the fast medicine for anxiety and depression.”
Get happy now: Seek out humor every day. Watch a funny TV show, listen to the Laugh USA channel on SiriusXM Radio, or spend time with friends who make you smile. You could even try volunteering with kids—they really do say the darndest things.
“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
George Bernard Shaw
The History of Medicine:
Year 0 – Here, eat this root.
1000 – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2017 – That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.
Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.
Tips from Martha Stewart That Didn’t Work-
Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out the names and addresses of people you don’t know.
Avoid parking tickets by leaving your windshield wipers turned to fast wipe whenever you leave your car parked illegally.
I always wanted to be a procrastinator… never got around to it.
Look what she has on her T-shirts this summer:
So Many Men, So Few Who Can Afford Me
God Made Us Sisters – Prozac Made Us Friends
At My Age, I’ve Seen It All, Done It All, Heard It All . . . I Just Can’t Remember It All
Don’t Treat Me Any Differently Than You Would the Queen
Get a New Car for Your Spouse. It’ll Be a Great Trade.
Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him.
Two old ladies sat on a bench talking. One said to the other, “Good heavns! Who did your hair? It looks like a wig!”
The second lady replied, “It is a wig.”
“Really?” exclaimed the first lady, “You could never tell!”
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent–that is to triumph over old age.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
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