We have heard stories of Alexander the Great and Cleopatra who sought ways to hold onto their beauty and vitality. The youthful search still continues. All we have to do is to turn on the television or flip through a beauty magazine to find advertisements for miracle hair tonics, wrinkle cures, stomach flatteners, and what not!! Woohoo! Every one is promising a dream which can’t be fulfilled, and strangely we still believe them. Just like politician’s fake promises during election campaigns. It seems we are still looking for a fountain of youth, but this time it is through creams or supplements or health regimens that make extravagant, unproven claims. However, I don’t think that is the way to stay young.
It seems that studies done on people those who’ve live 100 years or more (Did you know that they are called Centenarians? I didn’t until today!!) reveals that they did certain things which was common. They handled stress well and were the type of people who could let their worries end at the end of each day. Like anyone else, they had their difficult or challenging experiences, but it was their positive response to those difficulties and challenges that enabled them to carry on. So it seems that is the mind-body connection is what is most important.
[**Note to self: Stay active, explore interests, and keep connected with my family and loved ones.]
Staying physically fit is important, but so also is keeping mentally and emotionally fit. So there may be a fountain of youth after all, but not exactly as we visualize it. As the “ageless” Sophia Loren has said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
I think we can all dip into it!! Errr…from Monday because our human mind has the mysterious ability to sneak up and smack itself in the head and say “Don’t worry. You can always start exercising from tomorrow.”