“If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit would never grow old.”
—James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States
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How old are you? How old do you feel? When you look in the mirror how many more wrinkles do you see compared to last year? What strategies do you use to slow down the hourglass of time?
Looking for the fountain of youth is a preoccupation for many, and potions, lotions, superfood strategies, exercise machines, and cosmetic surgery are very big business.
Books such as Younger Next Year and Real Age even promise the 44 scientific strategies to be up to 25 years younger biologically than you are chronologically.
This past year, I’ve noticed a significant shift in many people toward discovering and nurturing the inner beauty and spirit that, when exercised, remains ever youthful.
Have a conversation with folks that wear a few more wrinkles and have a bit more pep in their step than you. Inquire into the strategies they recommend to remain young at heart and bright in spirit.
“Aliveness comes from living a life of personal integrity in which our outer actions match our inner values, beliefs, wishes, and dreams.”
—Jerry Colonna, American venture capitalist and professional coach
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How alive do you feel at this moment?
Take a trip down memory lane into your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and ask yourself the same question. Dig a bit deeper to determine the intrinsic and extrinsic reasons for your answers.
What about projecting this question forward into your 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond?
How can you maintain and even increase your aliveness well into your senior years? What can and will you do to experience far more life in your years, not just more years in your life?
Life expectancy data points to many more of us becoming centurions due to exponential technologies, especially in the field of medicine.
A few books you may wish to explore relative to this topic are:
Halftime by Bob Buford
Replace Retirement by John Anderson
Abundance by Peter Diamandis
Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley
Also consider taking the online Real Age Test to see how biologically youthful you are today.
“We remain young to the degree that our ambitions are greater than our memories.”
Image from Humanlongevity.com
How long do you expect to live?
Dan Sullivan, the co-founder of Strategic Coach, expects to live 156 years. Over the years, he has had a voracious passion for longevity and optimal health. In the Exponential Wisdom Podcast, he and Peter Diamandis explore where the world is headed by discussing cutting edge technologies and global trends.
Exploring topics such as gene editing, stem cells, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology, they look into the multi-disciplinary crystal ball of the future of health care. Peter Diamandis, founder of Human Longevity, Inc., expects to live 700 years. He is best known for his X-Prize Foundation and competition, and the commercialization of space. Sullivan and Diamandis encourage the rest of us to release the idea of traditional retirement. They council us to stay actively engaged in making our future ambitions far more extraordinary than our past.
Consider reading Peter’s book Abundance, or Dan’s book The Laws of Lifetime Growth, to help guide you to an even more extraordinary future.
Check out their podcast on this and other provocative subjects at exponentialwisdom.com
“A light heart lives long.”
—Irish Gaelic Proverb
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Did you know that workplace stress has been proven to increase the risk of heart attacks and shorten your life span? I am sure you could list five or ten other factors that make the impact even worse!
Listed below are are some lighthearted or heart-related activities, proven effective to add both years to your life and life to your years.
- Laughter: just 15 minutes of laughing at a funny video can improve blood flow to your heart by 50%, reduce blood clot formation, cholesterol deposition, and inflammation.
- Optimism, meditation, and other mindfulness efforts help us view the world through a more hopeful and lighthearted lens.
- A short nap or frequent breaks in your day to recharge have been shown to reduce coronary mortality by 37%.
- Social engagements which include family, faith, and other forms of community involvement help us lighten our burdens, share more joy, and fill our hearts.
Explore at least one of the strategies above to brighten and lengthen your days and let me know what happens.
Consider replying to this post with some of your own lighthearted strategies to live a longer, more fulfilling life.