Getting Older Doesn’t Have to Suck Swamp Gas if You Practice Gratitude

Some people may think that getting older is like sucking swamp gas. Have you heard people say things like, “Getting older sucks,” or “I don’t like to see myself on camera because I look so old!”  For many of us, getting older is an adjustment – both psychologically and physically. At some point, we are confronted with the reality that we’re not going to be “forever young” no matter how much we may want to believe it. The good news is that there is something very simple we can do to support positive aging and potentially support a longer life…

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Discovering the Discipline of Gratitude

Yesterday, I was jogging (or more realistically, shuffling) up a hill near my neighborhood. Halfway up the hill, I could feel my body trying to fight gravity. My legs felt heavy, and I could feel my heart pounding inside my chest. I took a deep breath and then expressed gratitude for having legs that could still carry me and a heart that was still pumping blood throughout my body. As I kept pushing myself to move, I realized the joy I was starting to feel was more powerful than the discomfort I was experiencing. Focusing on gratitude has been associated…

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