The character, attitudes and charm of older generations illuminate an artistry that is as seductive as it is entrancing.
Aging is a Beautiful Thing!
“Mindfulness may be an important component to healthy aging,” writes lead author Natalie J. Shook and colleagues of West Virginia University in Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Research consistently finds that older adults tend to experience more positive emotion than their younger counterparts. A first-of-its-kind study explored this “well-being paradox” and found that we also tend to become more mindful as we age, which might explain why we feel better.
You can cultivate mindfulness by focusing your attention to your moment to moment sensations during everyday activities. This is done by single tasking – doing one thing at a time, and giving it your full attention.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Bring about improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms, as well as positive changes in health, attitudes, and behaviors.
Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with everyday life challenges.
It’s to the spirit what veggies and fruits are to the body. It can increase concentration, help with mental clarity, improve relationships, and even lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Focusing on your breathing while sitting in silence for 5-10 minutes daily will do wonders for your soul.
Ways to Live your Best Life
- Be confident: Trust your capabilities, embrace the unknown and take risks. Remember you are worthy and capable, regardless of your achievements and mistakes. Believe in yourself!
- Be kind: Kindness has been proven to make us happier and less stressed. Being kind helps us relate to other people and have more positive relationships with friends, family, and even strangers. Besides just improving personal relationships, kindness can actually make you healthier.
- Keep learning: Learning helps improve and maintain our well-being, and builds a sense of purpose and connection with others.
- Be vibrant: Enjoy everything you do, find people who will challenge you, appreciate others, open yourself up to new ideas and ways of thinking, simply go out there and do it!
- Do good deeds: Enjoy a sense of purpose and fulfillment and increase your self-confidence while you’re at it!
- Eat healthy: Proper nutrition helps every function in our body. Eating healthy is about feeling great, having more energy, and boosting your mood.
- Exercise: Moving your body will help to free your mind and raise your spirits. Studies show that many types of exercise, like walking and cycling, make people feel better and can even relieve symptoms of depression.
Focus on What Truly Matters
“After 50 years of life, we know ourselves pretty well. We can use all that self-knowledge to make wiser and more authentic decisions about what we want to do with our time and what kind of people we want as companions.
We’ve got more available time in which to follow our interests, too. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do or a place you’ve always wanted to visit, the time to do it is NOW. You’ve also got the opportunity now to fix mistakes or make amends for things that happened earlier in your life.
We need to start making decisions based on joy. We spend so much of our lives doing what’s best for other people—our bosses, our kids. Older age is the time where we should follow our joy. The time of doing what other people want or expect you to do is over. Now is the time to do what you love.” -Yvonne Harper