Sunday, February 11, 2018

Yes, You Can Be Ageless!



Even if you're getting much older, life's enjoyment can be richer. Your craving for self expression may speak loudest. Your capacity for joy or fun is not bound by ripening age. 

It's still there.

I like this particular group of senior men I meet regularly. Some are ill, prone to anxiety, whining, or losing hope. Yet they all evince agelessness in a way when they meet.

Their secret?

They all learn to practice the therapy of laughter. It leads them back to their childhood and youth when having fun together. At least temporarily, they loosen their hold on themselves.

A doctor who studied the beneficial effects of humor on old age states,

"Perhaps ultimately, and in the  deepest sense, humor works by rallying, and by being a manifestation of, the will to live."



A 100-year-old woman was once asked her formula for longevity. She said,

"I think my sense of humor has protected me from stress. My favorite motto in aging is this: 'Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it won't matter.' "

My Mom and Dad also possessed that secret formula. Despite their natural infirmities and struggles, they remained generally worry-free and light in their countenance. They both reached their ripe 80s.

Laughter transports you back to the present. It tells you that you're still alive! Still breathing. Sensing and viewing the spectacle around you.

In a way, that can make you feel the value of every hour free from anxiety, trouble, or irritation.

Take it too from Norman Cousins, author of "Anatomy of Illness," who wrote:

"I made the joyous discovery that 10 minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect."

Yes, you can be ageless!