Whether you’re 40, 50 or more, there’s chances that you feel much younger.
Well, the good news is that feeling could help you live longer!
Researchers at University College London have a theory:
“Someone who feels younger is possibly healthier than someone who feels older—they have fewer diseases, they may be more mobile,” says Andrew Steptoe, one of the study authors.
So what could you do to feel even younger?
1. Be Optimistic And Full Of Energy
No need to be 20 and dancing all night long to feel like your life can be full of joy and fun. Find a hobby that you can share with friends or family, go out and discover new places. You will feel energized and positive.
“It’s totally possible to rediscover that zest and optimism you felt when you were younger,” says Caroline Adams Miller, author of Creating Your Best Life. “In fact, recapturing those qualities is essential to living a healthier, happier life in the long run.”
2. Exercise In Moderation
No matter how many birthdays you’ve celebrated, exercise can make you look younger and fitter for your age when done on a regular basis.
A brisk walk under the sun, even if it’s freezing outside, will give you youthful, glowing skin. Your sweat will clear your skin of impurities and dirt. It will also open up your pores, allowing a free flow of air. Yoga and Tai Chi Chuan could add to these benefits flexibility and focus, keys to healthy aging.
Roy J. Shephard, a medical researcher at the University of Toronto, found that exercise reduces biological aging by as much as 20 years in people with good genes. Not only exercising would make you feel and look good, it could also helps increase your overall lifespan and keep diseases away.
3. Eat Your Greens
Nutrition plays a major role in how your body ages.
“The latest research shows that a low-glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is the healthiest,” says Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, Physician Director of Healthcare Transformation at Kaiser Permanente Primary Care.
One great example is the Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, whole grains, nuts, and red wine (in moderation!). It also involves eating fish twice each week and cutting back on salt. Research shows that this type of diet may help you age better by warding off heart attacks, strokes, and premature death, according to Harvard Medical School.
An added bonus: Benabio says that foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, salmon, and flaxseed, help your skin manufacture the essential oils it needs to protect itself and look younger.
4. Surround Yourself With Love
Aging successfully, according to George E. Vaillant, whose book Aging Well describes the decades-long Harvard study, is something like being tickled: it’s best achieved with another person. Whether your social connections are with a spouse, offspring, siblings, bridge partners, and/or fellow hikers, they’re crucial to good health while growing older.
No one is certain exactly how a social network may help you stay healthy, although some research has shown that men and women who live alone tend to eat less well, which could jeopardize their physical and mental well-being. People with social connections also may have stronger disease-fighting immune system.
“Having someone push you to get out and exercise might not make you feel loved in the short run—in fact, it may be quite irritating,” says Tucker. “But it can be very effective in getting people to change their behaviors in positive ways.”
5. Know What Makes You Happy
The pursuit of happiness is as critical as life and liberty. Happiness boosts the immune system and helps tamp down stress. Involvement with activities, people and experiences that bring joy and contentment also boost optimism and positive attitude, both of which are linked to longevity. And pursuing reasonable pleasures helps one live more fully in the moment.
Cultivate what psychologists call an “observing ego.” Pay extra-close attention to your mood for a few days. Jot down what’s happening during times when you feel particularly happy, as well as what circumstances drain you or trigger anxiety.
Who are you with? What are you doing? What are you thinking about? How do you feel physically and why? How can you get more of those good feelings and minimize the less-good ones?
Don’t assume you know already; you risk falling back on clichés. Learn your personal triggers so you can fully understand how to find happiness and stay happy.
6. Shake Things Up
The brain loves novelty. Although different types of mental skills change with age, the brain never loses the ability to grow. And trying or learning new things builds new neural connections all through life.
Maximize brain fitness and the body will follow in kind. Staying receptive to new ideas also fuels curiosity, open-mindedness, and creativity—traits linked to healthier aging.
Consciously pull out of familiar ruts.
- Listen to some music that became popular after your 20s and 30s, even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy it.
- Keep looking (and more important, feeling) contemporary by visiting a cosmetics counter for advice on fresher makeup.
- Try shopping with someone in their 20s or 30s to experiment with new looks in clothing or glasses.
- Travel to a new locale or to try a new experience.
7. Get Your Vitamins & Ailments
A variety of vitamins and antioxidants could help improve the health and quality of your skin, hair and nails, as well as your joints, lungs, heart…
Research has found that vitamins C and E, as well as selenium, can help protect you against sun damage. They may reverse some of the discoloration and wrinkles associated with aging as well. The saponins and other organic compounds found in Gotu Kola stimulate your skin healing process, reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and other blemishes.
The plant also has chemicals known as triterpenoids, which address underlying issues causing hair loss or thinning hair, ranging from stress reduction to actual stimulation of hair growth. It was shown to maintain connective tissue and strengthen weakened veins.
It was proven that almost every cell in your body—including your eyes, brain, heart and kidney—can benefit from astaxanthin.
Recent laboratory studies show that astaxanthin can even increase life span! Their conclusion: astaxanthin shows “demonstrable promise for slowing age-related functional decline.”
Of course, it could feel overwhelming to look for these vitamins—and more—in your diet only. That’s why the health industry develops dietary supplements. Take a look at CRI Naturals or the natural beauty supplement RenewGlow to find the perfect vitamin/micronutrients formula for your needs.
These are only a few tips to live a healthier, happier and longer life.
I’d be happy to know what you think and what makes you be happy and healthy.
The more we share, the better we’ll all feel.