5 Ways To Age Gracefully and Healthfully

The Pursuit of Happiness

It shouldn't end with career, marriage and family. Because sadly, as you age, these things may become less present in your life. But happiness boosts the immune system and reduces stress. When you are stressed, your heart rate goes up, your digestion slows, and blood flow is even blocked to certain muscles. If you experience chronic stress, these conditions could lead to actual physical disorders likeobesity, diabetes, ulcers and even cancer.

Keep active and involved. Happiness is easier to cultivate than you think. Believe that life still has enjoyable experiences to offer you. Even if you just don't see how you can be happy as you age, force yourself to go to events, to gatherings, to dinner with friends. You'll usually be pleasantly surprised with what you find and positive attitude and optimism are linked to longevity. If you're not sure what makes you happy, learn. Take notes at times when you feel particularly uplifted, and those when you feel anxiety-ridden. Where are you? Who are you with? What are you doing? Adjust your daily activities accordingly.

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