March 2, 2020
Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.
I have learned that the golden years can be pretty good if we are willing to let them. Many folks my age seem to let the years convince them there is little use in making an effort to enjoy their days.
I also have learned that aging gracefully is not something we should put of until old age. The earlier in life we learn that we can make choices that will lay the foundation for building a happy life the better. I am glad that I live amongst some pretty old folks who stay positive, optimistic and happy. They just prove everyday that the good life is really up to us.
Here are few excerpts from an article written by Kara Ladd and Mickey Goodman that describe the traits of some of the people I admire.
Habits of People Who Age Gracefully
They drink in moderation – There is a fine line between drinking in moderation and drinking excessively. Findings from the American Institute for Cancer Research show that alcohol may increase the risk of cancer and shorten your life by almost two decades.
They give back – Giving back helps others, but it also helps yourself.
They laugh – According to one study, laughing reduces heart disease and stress, plus benefits the immune system, leading to a longer life. Bring on the laugh lines!
They limit stress – Debilitating stress can take a serious toll on your health. Everybody copes with stress differently, but we recommend meditation, a mindful exercise such as yoga, and a well-balanced lifestyle to keep stress in-check.
They focus on the positive aspects of life – According to one study, older people who reported being happy were 35 percent less likely to die during a 5-year time period.
They practice gratitude – A daily practice such as keeping a gratitude journal can soften the effects of aging to the brain.
They have social lives – A 2010 study of 300,000 people by the National Institute of Health found that people without relationships had a 50 percent greater chance of premature death.
They make sleep a priority – People who sleep for fewer than six hours a night have a harder time losing weight, have higher blood pressure, and suffer from heart disease more than those who sleep at least seven hours a night.
They look forward to growing older – People who view aging positively live approximately seven-and-a-half years longer than those with a negative attitude, according to a study conducted by researchers from Yale and Miami University.
“Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older.”
As most of you know I have been such a frequent user of the medical system that I have established a number of friendships with the medical professionals. As a public service I have been keeping you abreast of some of the more important examples of medical care. Here are a few real experiences for you.
What a doctor experiences – true stories
— A man comes into the ER and yells, “My wife’s going to have her baby in the cab!” I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady’s Dress, and began to take off her underwear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs, and I was in the wrong one.
–Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Antonio, TX
At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall. Big breaths,” I instructed. Yes, they used to be,” remorsefully replied the patient
–Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle, WA
I was performing a complete physical, including the visual acuity test. I placed the patient twenty feet from the chart and began, “Cover your right eye with your hand.” He read the 20/20 line perfectly. Now your left. “Again, a flawless read. Now both,” I requested. There was silence. He couldn’t even read the large E on the top line. I turned and discovered that he had done exactly what I had asked; he was standing there with both his eyes covered. I was laughing too hard to finish the exam.
–Dr. Matthew Theodropolous, Worcester, MA
“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
A Jewish couple won twenty-million dollars in the lottery. They immediately set out to begin a life of luxury. They bought a magnificent mansion estate in Southampton and surrounded themselves with all the material wealth imaginable.
They then decided to have a butler and, wanting the best, they traveled to London to hire one. They found the perfect butler through an agency and brought him back to their estate. The day after his arrival, they instructed him to set up the dining room table for 4 people, that they were inviting the Cohens to brunch. The couple then left the house to do some shopping.
When they returned, they found the table set for 8 people. They asked the butler why eight, when they had specifically instructed him to set the table for four.
The butler replied…..”The Cohens telephoned and said they were bringing the Bagels and the Knishes.”
Try to remember that, with the exception of your parents and your children, most people will consider you an adult.
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.” When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note. “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”
People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.
After just a few years of marriage, filled with constant arguments, a young man and his wife decided the only way to save their marriage was to try counseling. They had been at each other’s throat for some time and felt that this was their last straw.
When they arrived at the counselor’s office, the counselor jumped right in and opened the floor for discussion. “What seems to be the problem?”
Immediately, the husband held his long face down without anything to say. On the other hand, the wife began talking 90 miles an hour describing all the wrongs within their marriage.
After 15 minutes of listening to the wife, the counselor went over to her, picked her up by her shoulders, kissed her passionately for several minutes, and sat her back down. Afterwards, the wife sat there speechless. He looked over at the husband who was staring in disbelief at what had happened.
The counselor spoke to the husband, “Your wife NEEDS that at least twice a week!”
The husband scratched his head and replied, “I can have her here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
“I’ve always said that I will never let an old person into my body. That is, I don’t believe in ‘thinking’ old. Don’t program yourself to break down as you age with thoughts that decline is inevitable.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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