Friday, May 24, 2013

How to Stay Young

A friend of mine sent me this list of 11 things to do to stay young; since she's the youngest 80-year-old I've ever known, I thought I should share them with you..

1. Try everything twice.  On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: "Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!" 

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning:  Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever...Never let the brain get idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's! 

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6.. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive. 

7. Surround yourself with what you love: whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever…Your home is your refuge. 

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it.  If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips...Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. 

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance..


The Dose of Reality said...

Love this list. The last one made me get completely teary-eyed. Excellent advice here. :)-Ashley

Jeannine Breton said...

Nice to know. Good advice. Thanks Eva...

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Sage words. Thank you for the sharing and my your weekend be wonderful!! YAM xx

One Bad Pixie said...

Thank you for posting it and your friend for sharing such a lovely list. Have a great weekend.

Eddie Bluelights said...

All very good advice, Eva
My Grandmother used to have some sayings:

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

Also sternly):
He who goes borrowing goes sorrowing! LOL. Pity the whole global economy contradicts this good advice.

Sue said...

I used to laugh until I cried all the time. Now nothing seems to strike me that funny.

I wish it did!


Alessandra said...

Very good advice indeed!

River said...

I like these, I'm going to share the list with my friends who don't bother much blogs.
And I'll try to keep up with #3 more.

Pat said...

Sounds like your friend is VERY wise! Thanks for sharing! These are words to live by!

Zena said...

Great list, good advice