While there is a lot about aging I don’t know, there are some things I do know. For example, I know, without a doubt, that aging positively means focusing on the qualities that accrue with maturity and make us attractive at any age. I also know that aging positively is not just about looking good; it’s about feeling good in every way—physically, psychologically, intellectually, occupationally, socially, and spiritually.

Here are a few other things I know about aging… FOR SURE!

It’s never too late—or too early—to start aging positively. Ideally, one should start early if the goal is to age positively. As a matter of fact, it’s never too early since, technically the aging process begins at birth. But whether you start at thirty, forty, fifty, or you’re just getting started (at age sixty or seventy), it’s never too late to develop healthy lifestyle habits and other anti-aging steps that will slow and even enhance the aging process.

Take care of yourself.  If the goal is to age with dignity and confidence, you must take care of yourself in every way. You must make fitness, health, and wellness your top priorities. Taking care of yourself means caring for your mind, body, and spirit by: making better food choices, exercising, getting enough sleep, associating with right-minded and positive people, staying active, and just having balance in your life.

Accept and embrace the aging process.  Don’t fight it; embrace it. Contrary to what we may have been told, aging is not a disease to be avoided at all cost.  It’s not about gloom and doom. It’s something to look forward to. If you don’t think so, consider the alternatives. When you accept and embrace the aging process, you decide how you want to live this phase of your life. 

Feel good about yourself. When it comes to aging gracefully, feeling good about yourself is at the very top of the list of things I know for sure. I know for sure that if you don’t value, appreciate and feel good yourself and what you have accomplished, the aging process can be downright scary and can lead to gloom and doom, depression, and unhappiness. Feeling healthy and feeling good about yourself is not a luxury. It’s an absolute necessity.

Never stop learning.  Learning is vital to graceful aging. You can never stop learning. And, thanks to technology, learning is so much easier. Technology makes your life easier, more comfortable, and it helps you to maintain your independence. With technology, the whole wide world is just one click away.

What are some things you know about aging? I would love to hear from you.