Retaining one’s 'joie de vivre' is all about attitude, with the right help we can all age as gracefully or disgracefully as we would want to.
A recent study conducted in the UK has indicated that people who are living their lives to the fullest in their senior years are often surprised by the the old person they see when they look in the mirror.
That's a good sign though because it means you're young at heart. But what sets such evergreen people apart from those who are old before their time? The study says answer lies in their attitude.
“Our genetic make-up is 25 per cent responsible for youthful looks, while our behaviour counts for 75 per cent,” says Dr. David Weeks, a neuropsychologist at Royal Edinburgh Hospital. “It’s important to be open to new experiences and engage with life.”
This is great news because it puts our quality of life largely in our own hands. It makes retaining one’s joie de vivre a choice, though one which may require commitment and sometimes a little help.
According to another study, the right mind-set and a commitment to doing a variety of things that bring you joy is what keeps people young at heart. Happiness and having fun (lots of it) is the secret sauce to a youthful outlook on life.
It's good to stay at home or surround ourselves with the familiar - we need to feel safe for our peace of mind. But embracing positive change, trying something new and still being willing to do something a little adventurous now and then can really put the shine on our golden years.
So don't get too0 comfy as you things slow down - get out those dancing shoes, dust off the tennis racquet and dare to stay young at heart.
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