jEanne Angleberger,

Do you ever wonder why many people in their 80’s and 90’s seem to be aging well? Are they doing something differently? I believe they are. Their generation is different from today’s. Perhaps their traditions and values play a key role in their lifestyles and their health. They grew up in a kinder time. They had time to listen. They talked to their friends about pleasant things. They gained wisdom from their elders. They had an understanding of how to live well. Life was not always easy. They learned to work through situations. Solutions were well thought out and implemented to fix problems. Relationships were developed over time. Couples had long marriages. I believe kindness and respect build the solid foundation of relationships.

Socializing is vitally important for good physical and mental health. Disconnection from others can lead to unhealthy lifestyles. According to The National Institute on Aging, research has shown a link between social isolation and loneliness to higher risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s, and more.

One’s mental state can play a critical role in their overall health. It’s what you think that dictates your actions.

Even though life can present challenging and often painful situations, you can still think about helping others. Be aware of the needs of family, friends, and neighbors. You may discover a way to help them.

So, be proactive about your health. Do what you can to have a happy and healthy life. Learn from others. Listen. Stay connected. Never underestimate the effect that kindness has on your well being.

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