Happy, Healthy Aging…Part 2

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Guest Blogger, Natural Aging | 0 comments


By Maureen McDonnell, RN

Since most of us now understand and accept the concept that our thoughts and attitudes determine a great deal about our reality, I’ve decided that the typical negative belief system regarding aging (namely physical and mental decline) is no longer a part of my mindset.  “Isn’t that just being naïve?” you might ask.   Not really…I am keenly aware of the indisputable fact that:  no one gets out of this life- alive!  However, studies are now showing that individuals who live long, healthy lives are typically ones who have a positive view on aging, have worked at minimizing stress, eat and live close to nature and make a conscious decision to be happy![1]

Tip #2 for Healthy Aging:

Practice Happiness:   Many believe just a lucky few are born happy.  I subscribe to the idea that happiness is a choice and must be practiced.  “Pain is part of life, suffering is optional” are words that remind us that although we all will undoubtedly experience multiple challenges and  endure pain and grief in our lives, learning to let go and not carrying those burdens and hardships with us is an incredibly helpful exercise.  In addition to practicing the art of letting go, when I find myself feeling negative, lost or down, I remind myself that I can replace my current thought patterns with more positive ones.  For instance, the simple act of listing all the people, situations and things in my life that I am grateful for tends to elevate my emotions to more positive ones.  It’s empowering to know that we do have a choice as to which thoughts (and people) we give our attention to.

Want to learn more about natural aging?  Check out Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handbook:  http://deannaholdren.com/healing-handbook/

Maureen McDonnell has been a holistic, nutritionally-oriented RN for 37 years.  She is the health editor of WNC Woman Magazine, the Medical Coordinator of the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer in New Mexico, the cofounder of Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet (SOKHOP.com).   Maureen spends her days researching, writing and presenting on ways we can optimize our health by consuming nutrient-dense, whole foods, reducing our exposure to toxins and practicing happiness. She lives with her husband H in the amazing mountains of North Carolina and is blessed with 7 grandchildren.

[1] Levy, Becca et al, Longevity Increased by Positive Self-Perceptions of Aging, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2002, Vol.83,No.2,261-270

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