Aging: Embrace It!

This post is part of Sophie Keller's "How Happy Is" series on The Huffington Post. This week, Sophie offers advice on your health:

There is a moment in all our lives when the feeling that we are getting older hits us for the first time. It might be when you reach a significant age milestone, when you have a child or when you catch yourself in the mirror and see that those first lines have appeared on your face. But rather than dwell on the negative, being conscious of time moving forward can help you adopt
healthy new habits.

1. Recognizing Healthy Relationships: Getting older makes you realize that your precious time is limited. So with that in mind, who would you like to spend more time with? Would you like
to see certain members of your family more or allow a current friendship to develop to a new level?

2. Leaving a Positive Legacy: Getting older gives you a sense of urgency that will make you think deeply about what you are meant to be doing on the planet and how you want to leave a positive legacy behind. Not all of us have the opportunity to touch thousands of people's lives at once, in the way of a public figure. But it actually can be just as powerful and even more meaningful to touch the lives of those around you: your family, your friends and your community. If you can make a difference in one person's life and give to them or teach them something, invariably they will pass it on to other people they come in contact with, and those others will hopefully, in turn, pass it on as well. So the effect of you making a difference is like a wave that radiates out and touches hundreds of people's lives without you knowing.

3. Letting Go of Grudges: Getting older makes you appreciate every moment of your life more. There is no time to waste on being at odds with anyone. If you have a disagreement, take the healthy route: let go of your ego and patch things up as quickly as you can. Give as much as you can to your family, friends and colleagues, especially when they least expect it, and when you come in contact with new people, think about what you can do for them, how you can help them, instead of what they can do for you.



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