60, 40, or 20 Years Old?

July 19, 2020

 

As I approach my sixtieth birthday, I feel as excited and vibrant as ever. Yet, I realize that I am approaching a milestone. I am grateful for reaching it, while millions do not.

 

However, I noticed I was telling myself that SIXTY is only a number. How I view myself and my life and what I do with it is what matters, no matter what age. After all, as you might have read in Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain, when I was thirty years old, I was totally disabled with chronic pain and functioned like a very old man.

 

Yet, sixty is SIXTY.

 

But wait? Does it have to be? “What if I believe that I am approaching forty instead?” I thought.  I felt a bit excited.

 

But why stop at forty?

 

“How about I tell myself that I will be TWENTY soon?” I thought. I did and felt really excited. So that is what I believe now.

 

Does it make a difference? According to Harvard psychologist Dr. Ellen Langer’s research, it certainly does.  She the author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. In this interview on CBS This Morning she explains how your belief in being younger makes your body younger.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAZRHWl6UdE

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