What You Think About Aging Determines How You Age

I firmly believe how you think about aging is just as important as your heredity and genetics in determining the way you age . Everyone will age, but not everyone will get old.  Ever met someone who seems to be ageless?  They could be in there 90s but are as full of life as any 30 year old.

There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body. When facing a health crisis, actively cultivating positive emotions can boost the immune system and counter depression. Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels.(1)

The benefits of optimism and a positive frame of mind are huge. Optimists enjoy better health, stronger relationships, are more productive, and experience less stress than pessimists.  Research shows that how you perceive aging affects how long you will live. In a study of 660 people, those with more positive perceptions of their own aging lived an average of 7.5 years longer. This effect remained after other factors such as age, gender, income, loneliness, and health status were controlled. (2)

Betty Friedan famously said, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Recently, researchers identified that having positive self-perceptions about the benefits of getting older can create a self-fulfilling prophecy by helping someone stay mentally, physically, and psychologically younger. (3)

Not only can positive thinking impact your ability to cope with stress and your immunity, it also has an impact on your overall well-being. The Mayo Clinic reports a number of health benefits associated with optimism, including a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular problems, less depression, and an increased lifespan.

Your body is a magnificently designed living organism built to provide you health, strength, and mobility for all the years of your life. Every worn-out cell is replaced every 11 months, so each year you have a completely new body.  I believe the image you hold about aging dictates the health and vitality of your cells that are replaced.

(1) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/well/live/positive-thinking-may-improve-health-and-extend-life.html

(2) https://www.verywellmind.com/benefits-of-positive-thinking-2794767

(3) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201601/positive-attitudes-about-aging-may-be-fountain-youth