Do we act like a “young” 60, or an “old” 45? Let’s face it, we are all going to age. It is inevitable. How you age, though, barring unforeseen illness or injury, is up to you.
Putting aside discussions of how to eat, reduce stress, sleep well, and exercise regularly, what else determines how you age? You guessed it, your mindset also determines how you age.
Looking closely at baby boomers (ages 46-64), we can get a little insight into the mindset of this large portion of the population. Most of us today act younger than we are when compared to people the same age 30-40 years ago.
Knowing that we can live longer than the average life span in years past, we want to get the most out of our lives. Careers are often started later, families start later, retirement for many is earlier than in the past, and health care is better than it was 30-40 years ago.
How much of this is related to “mindset”? Well, if you think about it, a lot is. If you have the attitude that you are 10-20 years younger than you are, you will have more vigor, more varied interests, and be willing to try new things.
Attitude is everything
“I’m too old for this”, “people in my family just die young”, “my body can’t do this anymore”, “young people have more energy”….the list of excuses goes on and on. Have you heard any of these before? Hopefully these are not your excuses.
There is a lot in our lives that we cannot change. We are going to age chronologically, but what about our biological age, which is how old our CELLS are. Is there anything we can do on that regard?
It is in our power to control our attitude, our mindset, eating well and exercising.
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Our research has uncovered two main key ingredients to having a good aging mindset. They are being happy and feeling gratitude. Yes, of course, not everyone feels happy or grateful, but, if you can adopt these attitudes, you will age with a lot more grace and style. Gratitude sort of breeds feelings of happiness.
If you recite out loud or to yourself something that you are grateful for, either when you awake in the morning, or before you go to bed at night, you can build a habit around this and it will make a difference in your happiness.
How old do you feel? I know that on some days, we all feel like we are a lot older than we are, but in general, I for example, feel about 15 years younger than I am. I stay active, am relatively healthy, eat well, but most importantly, I am a believer that “Life is Good”.
I have always looked younger than I actually am, but I don´t even pay attention to my chronological age. I feel like if I was in my twenties. -Carina
“Growth” versus “Fixed” Mindset
According to world-renowned Stanford researcher and author, Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset is one where people believe that their basic qualities, such as intelligence or talent, are fixed traits. Their time is spent documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.
They believe that their talent alone is what creates success with little or no effort.
In a growth mindset, according to Dweck, people believe that they can develop their most basic abilities through dedication and hard work. They acknowledge the importance of brains and talent, but they are just the beginning. These people love to learn and accomplish a lot through resilience.
Dweck states that essentially all great people have had the growth mindset versus the people with the limiting, or fixed mindset.
How does this concept apply to aging? As Dweck explains, people with a growth mindset believe that everything can be improved and developed. Doesn’t this make sense when you think about having a healthy aging mindset? These people with a growth mindset will always be looking to grow and improve, no matter how old or how difficult it is. They will be looking forward to learning and always wanting to be informed and challenged.
My friend Mary Margaret, for example, is currently 86 years old, but most of her friends are younger than 65. She has health issues that require full time oxygen, but that does not stop her from reaching out to others, painting, learning new things, playing bridge, going to art museums, concerts, and more. She has a “growth mindset”. She also is a great example of someone who practices being happy and grateful and is much younger than her 86 years, even though she cannot exercise much.
It is Really Up to You
Your aging mindset is totally up to you. You have this one chance, as far as you know, to live this life here on earth. Why would you not want to live the fullest, longest, most positive life that you can? Sure, “sh-t” happens, but your mindset can have a profound influence on how you age.
It’s not about the result—it’s about becoming the type of person who gets to enjoy those results. -Carol Dweck
Age is JUST a number – we should re-frame our mindset regarding aging. Remember when you do things right, your chronological age can actually be fairly irrelevant when your cells think they’re much younger.
Age appropriate movement, correct eating and mindset, no matter if you’re 30, 40 or 50+ are really the fountain of youth.
Learn here how to REVERSE your biological age, making you look and feel younger and in very good shape…
And you, what do you do to feel young and vibrant? When you are not feeling your best, what do you do to make it better?
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By Sue Bream yoursimplehealthylife.com