Some people find that getting older isn’t always fun, so it’s easy to fall into a negative view of life. But studies have shown that positive thoughts and emotions can have a powerful effect on your health and wellbeing as you age and have even been shown to increase your life span. Here are some ideas for keeping a positive outlook:
Exercise your mind and your body: physical exercise has been shown to encourage healthy brain cells and improve your brain power. ‘Mental aerobics’ such as Sudoku puzzles and crosswords can also help to stimulate the brain and prevent the risk of Alzheimer’s.
See the glass half full: a review of 160 studies in 2011 found that being optimistic can make you healthier and help you live longer, reducing the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease.
Help others: with more free time, you could also consider volunteering. It’s a good way to make friends and gives you the added boost of doing good and being connected to your community.
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