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Why Some People Age Better Than Others

It is true what they say, ‘Growing old is a privilege’, and not everyone gets to see the later years of life. Living as if age is just a number is all about attitude. Being optimistic and having positive perceptions about aging cultivates a positive mindset that can extend your lifespan by seven years.

Some people do age better than others, and the reason is they have a more positive mindset regarding the concept of aging, rather than falling into the trap of ageism and putting their lives to a halt by adopting a mindset of being ‘too old’ to do anything enjoyable.

The Power of Positive Thinking

As we age, it is easy to fall into the trap of ageism and a negative mindset due to the thoughts of having our best years behind us. However, if we think positively and consider age just a number, it can have a powerful impact on our mental and physical health and help us age gracefully.

It is important not to dwell on the negative experiences of life but to focus on the good things that life and aging have to offer and find a silver lining in every situation. Positive thinking has numerous benefits and can help improve overall well-being, healthy longevity, resilience, and cognitive function.

One of the most obvious benefits of positive thinking is improved mental health and reduction in depression, stress, and anxiety. Positive thinking and mindfulness of our thoughts make us more resilient, cope better with adversity, and help us regulate our stress and emotions well.

Moreover, studies have shown that having an optimistic outlook on life lowers the rates of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic conditions due to the reduction in inflammation of the body that leads to chronic diseases.

A positive mindset is also linked to a better cognitive function and research shows that people with a more positive attitude tend to have better memory as they age, due to lower stress levels.

Aging Gracefully

Aging gracefully means having a positive mindset regarding aging and acceptance of your changing body, looks, hair, wrinkles, physical energy, and mobility and not letting anything stand in the way of living a fulfilling life.

It means taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically with regular meditation and exercise, self-care, activities that stimulate the mind, and nurturing your relationships with your loved ones. Eating healthy, managing stress, and getting a balanced amount of rest and movement are all part of a healthy lifestyle to age gracefully.

Aging is a profound experience where we get the privilege to have more personal growth, gain wisdom, and become more compassionate. Our mindsets and rational thinking do not remain the same as we age and we may become more kind, empathetic, and compassionate towards life and our peers.

Embracing an attitude of gratitude is also an essential part of aging gracefully, as not everyone gets the privilege to grow old and live longer. Practicing gratitude every day for life’s blessings every day can lead to being content as we age.

How to Cultivate a Positive Mindset Around Aging

Cultivating and maintaining a more positive mindset is crucial for a healthier outlook and leading a fulfilling life. Here are some strategies for optimism and positivity around aging:

  • Acceptance: The first step is to accept that change is going to come. You will age, so don’t fret over the first white hair or wrinkle that you see. Less resistance to aging will lead to a more positive attitude and a possibility for new opportunities with every year that you age. Rigidity around aging will just increase feelings of stress, depression, and failure.
  • Surround yourself with positivity: It is important to surround yourself with like-minded friends and support groups who have a positive outlook on life and again. People with healthy mindsets will only uplift you, motivate you, and inspire you. Whereas, constantly surrounding yourself with toxic people who have negative mindsets will only drag you down with them.
  • Practice gratitude: This a simple yet effective practice to shift your perspective towards being more optimistic and positive in life, which ultimately increases overall well-being. It can be as simple as writing three things that you are grateful for in your gratitude journal.
  • Stay active: Regular exercise has numerous benefits for physical health as we age, such as improving our mobility and flexibility, reducing joint pains and muscle aches, and lowering the risk of chronic health conditions. Staying active can also be incredibly beneficial for our mental health as it boosts moods and reduces stress levels. As we age, we can incorporate yoga, walking, tai chi, or dancing into our fitness routines.
  • Find purpose: Finding hobbies and interests that give us a sense of purpose also helps us age better. This can be painting, gardening, fitness, pottery, and any activity that sparks joy and creativity.
  • Be kind to yourself: Positive self-talk can make us age better than our peers who adopt a more negative thought pattern. It is important to practice positive affirmations every day and reinforce self-belief and resilience through safe and encouraging words for a more positive mindset.
  • Practicing Mindfulness: This means practicing stress-reducing mindfulness techniques like breathwork, meditation, yoga, and body scans that can help relax you and regulate your emotions.

Some people age better than others and it all boils down to positive thinking. Our society generally reinforces negative stereotypes around aging, labeling older adults as frail, weak, cranky, dependent, or even senile.

When surrounded with such negativity, you are bound to conform to such stereotypes and ultimately not age as well as someone who cultivates a more positive mindset and a healthy lifestyle for aging.

Therefore, it is important to bring this mental and societal change in attitude towards the privilege of growing old and embracing all the new experiences each year that we get older bring us.