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6 Ways to Stay Young at Heart


“Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.” – Elwood P. Dowd


1)      Have a sense of Humour
Nothing shows age more than letting world and political conflicts take precedent over the light and joy that the world has to offer. We all know that there are important and terrible things happening every single day – but humour allows us to think about something less horrible for a brief time. It’s an important and unforgettable lesson when someone learns that life it too short to be taken seriously all the time – some still haven’t figured that out.

2)      Smile
It’s odd – and very sad in a way – that happiness can often be called “out of place” in a person. Take time to think about how your family and friends act towards you and reflect upon the image that you present to them – often we don’t realize how we project ourselves to the people we trust and love. You may come to the realization that you are grumpy more often than you want to be – smiling is the simplest way to start changing your frame of mind and people will reciprocate because of it.

3)      Accept Change
Nothing ever remains the same; times change, prices go up and down – and people adapt or die. It’s a harsh way of putting it but there is so much that changes that it’s difficult to keep up – but whether you can embrace it or fight it, it’s going to happen anyways, so you might as well try to be the best at whatever is new and exciting than being left behind.

4)      Try New Things
This goes very well with accepting change; there are often new trends or films, or TV shows that seems like you would have little to no interest in them and instead stick to watching Re-Runs of Fawlty Towers – however sometimes things are popular for a reason and often are worth giving them a try, like Game of Thrones.

5)      Let Mistakes Go
It’s easy to get upset at the little things – arguing with a cashier over a 20 cent discount – asking the waiter to take back your salad because you asked for no cucumber – complaining because you ordered the soup and they put it down in front of your friend instead. When we lose sight of the bigger picture we lose sight of ourselves – and how we are seen by others, it doesn’t show weakness to let someone’s mistakes slip by – it shows understanding and restraint on your part.

6)      Don’t Carry your Past
On a long enough time line nearly anything is possible – and having lived long means that you’ve run the risk of exposing yourself to a great many things, some dark and disturbing – others sad and heart wrenching. Being able to let go of the past and move on to greener pastures it one of life’s toughest skills to achieve – but knowing when to leave the past where it is allows you to pave the way to new experiences and a brighter tomorrow.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Margaret Karl permalink
    2013/06/19 11:08 am

    Good words to live by

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