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5 Attitudes For Aging Gracefully

Recognize and express gratitude

A study revealed that those who age gracefully are more focused on gratitude and less on their cholesterol. They are used to spot gratitude and generous in expressing it.

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5 Attitudes For Aging Gracefully

5 Attitudes For Aging Gracefully

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“Aging well is the supreme expression of wisdom.”

“Aging well is the supreme expression of wisdom.”

Accept the complexity

Living longer creates more complexity in our relationships. What should we be doing for the next few decades?

Accept the complexity of an increased life span as a wonderful challenge.

Develop a positive attitude

Even though our bodies deteriorate and impede our abilities with age, our brains continue to function well. The brain continues to form new connections and create new cells. It is our self-imposed limits that hold us back, not the capacity of our brain.

A study revealed that a positive attitude had a greater impact on survival. Positive people outlived negative people by an average of seven and a half years.

Exercise your mind

Our brains continue to change by forming new neural connections throughout our entire life.

The connections in the brain can be strengthened and renewed when we challenge our learning and stretch our thinking.

Broaden your interests

When we become so accustomed to our routines and start living on autopilot, we become limited over time.

Learning new things can significantly improve your memory as new pathways are created in the brain.

Recognize and express gratitude

A study revealed that those who age gracefully are more focused on gratitude and less on their cholesterol. They are used to spot gratitude and generous in expressing it.

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68 per 100,000 people. 

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