Are you as young as you feel? How’s your attitude toward aging? Have you stopped acknowledging your birthday after 29 or do you still feel like you can do it all? Are you still working to your full capacity?
Basically, your attitude when you’re young — how you think and feel about yourself and the world — sets the tone for how you live your life when you’re older, says Dr. Noelle Nelson, author of the Happy Healthy…Dead: Why What You Think You Know About Aging Is Wrong and How To Get It Right.
“To live a long happy healthy life, kick your appreciation into high gear now, no matter your age,” says Nelson. “Why? Appreciation of the ordinary experiences of life is the number one attribute that sets those over 100 years of age apart from everyone else; the younger you are, the easier it is to get the appreciation habit going — and going and going. That’s why longevity is truly a young person’s game. Start now.”
Important New Findings
All of this can be especially important since the FDA has recently approved clinical trials on a drug that could increase life expectancy to 110 or 120 years.
According to the survey posted recently on Yahoo: “Humans may be one step closer to finding the Fountain of Youth — sort of. Researchers will begin testing Metformin, a medication used to treat diabetes, as an anti-aging drug in a clinical trial next year.
“When it's used for treatment for type 2 diabetes, the drug reduces the amount of glucose produced in the liver, but researchers believe that it may also have the ability to slow down the aging process in individual cells by increasing oxygen released into each cell. Reducing the biological effects of aging would mean the possibility of increasing lifespans, staving off aging-related diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's and perhaps allowing humans to live into their 110s or 120s,” the research suggests.
“Just imagine if you could live that long in a happy, healthy state, as opposed to spending your last 20 or 30 years in miserable, decrepit decline?” says Nelson. “Whether you’re 20 or 30 or 40 or older, appreciation is the quickest, easiest way to gratitude, which in turn engenders happiness and fosters optimism. Those four attitudes, appreciation, gratitude, happiness and optimism, are all linked in study after study to better cardiovascular health, less stress-related diseases, and even less risk of Alzheimer’s. All of which add up to a long happy, healthy life.”
Be in Charge
Nelson explains: “What you think is what you live. You are in charge of what you think. And what you think impacts how your body responds. Choose thoughts that support positive emotions and you’ll reap the benefits throughout your life, now and tomorrow.”