Make the rest of your life the best of your life—from the inside out

Look younger. Live longer. That’s the promise hyped by countless sellers of products and procedures. But like Dorothy who visited the Land of Oz, you already hold the key—within. Each of us has the power to influence the way we age.

Rogena laughingOur attitude has greater impact on how well and how long we live than smoking, exercise, or genes. Research supports a long-established philosophy that as you change your thoughts, you change your life. Take charge of how you age by taking charge of how you think.

Stop conforming to arbitrary restrictions how_old_would_you_be because of your birth year. Release artificial limits and break the habit of identifying with a number.

The Spanish language suggests a way out. Instead of saying “I am sixty years old,” they say “Tengo sesenta años” which literally translates to “I have 60 years.” I have rather than I am—an important distinction.

Check out my blog below. See my new Thrive topics. If you’re ready to hold on to your self-confidence, sanity, and sense of humor while you continue to grow up, you’re just a click away!

The Inner-Outer Journey

Life is a two-way trip. That becomes more apparent as I age. On the one hand, I notice skin getting looser and muscles getting softer. My brain has to work harder to remember things and I must take care of joints to avoid unnecessary pain. At the same time, there are inner changes that are transforming the way I experience life. …

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Under the Influence

I don’t know about you, but it seems every time I look up, there’s another ad on TV for some kind of drug. According to the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that allow drug companies to advertise product claims directly to the public (New Zealand is the other). The growth in …

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Keeping Joy

Whether it’s due to limited retirement income or to a lifetime of accumulating stuff, many of us fall into a pattern of curtailed spending. That can be great, except when we restrict ourselves to the point that we miss the very things that bring us joy. That’s what I discovered last week. For years, I had done without a stereo system, …

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Planning Ahead

People plan for all kinds of life events, from weddings and home purchases to pre-paid funeral arrangements. But what about planning for the decades between retirement and death? We’re aware things can happen, yet we delay making preparations. Now there’s a new tool to help. I watched a presentation from the American Society on Aging last week. The presenters were Gayle …

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Time for Change

Last week, the autumn equinox marked the end of summer and the beginning of fall. As if right on cue, the black gum trees on one side of my house began covering the lawn with red and orange leaves. The oak, hickory and maple will begin dropping theirs next month. This seasonal shift in in color serves to remind me of …

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All Grown Up?

When you reach a certain age, you may feel like you’re grown up. You’ve completed your education and passed the stage of life characterized by growth. But the truth is, you grow every day for as long as you live. Even after you’ve gotten as tall as you’ll ever be, you keep growing. Your cells continue to regenerate. Your hair, though …

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Mindfulness and Pain Relief

Pain is something we too often have to live with as we get older. Whatever part of the body it’s radiating from, pain can disrupt sleep, normal activities, and our peace of mind. How can we cope with pain when it hogs all of our attention and seems to take over our life? Last week, I discussed the pain I had in …

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No Matter What

It’s the middle of the night and I wake up in a sudden panic. My feet feel as they are being squeezed in a vice. Am I having foot cramps? Is this a blood flow problem? A symptom of diabetes? My mind races through all kinds of scary scenarios until I am sitting up in bed, panting in fear. Then I …

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End Ageism

Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks as well as writer of several blogs and an in-demand speaker, is an activist leading the fight to end ageism. I’ve discussed her work several times in earlier posts because I find it compelling.  While my focus is on personal strategies for aging well from the inside out, Ashton is a staunch advocate for social …

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You’re Worth It!

When I get a message from three different sources, I tend to pay attention. In a recent issue of O magazine, there was a piece in which Katie Arnold-Ratliff described doing some really dumb things. Instead of agonizing over her blunders, she learned to shrug them off and chalk it up to being part of life. In the Guide for Spiritual …

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