Are you Aging Gracefully? 15 things You Can Do



Ever wonder why some people live to 90 or 100?

Good genes certainly help, but an optimistic attitude and goal oriented decision-making may matter even more.

In a 2014 study in Psychological Science, researchers found that setting goals and taking action to achieve them lead to healthier lifestyle choices and ultimately a longer life.

Aging gracefully is about living your best life and being good to yourself.

Here are some things that you can do to gain health, happiness and longevity by doing these vitality-boosting habits.

1. Live in the present

Don’t dwell on things from the past like goals that were never achieved or lost loved ones. Live in the moment and make new goals for the future. Accept the past for what it was and cherish those memories. But, don’t forget to make new memories too. This will lead to a happier life.

2. Forgive yourself and others

Forgiveness is vital for a life free of regrets and pain. Let go of that toxic energy that holding grudges has. Seek therapy or a spiritual advisor if you need to, but find a way to forgive and move past it. If it’s something you did then make amends to whoever you wronged or offended. It’s the only way to have true peace in your life.

3. Learn to laugh at yourself

Don’t take life too seriously. Have fun and roll with the punches. No one knows what will happen tomorrow. Why waste your time dwelling on the negative. Enjoy the time you are here on this earth and let the rest go. Most things are out of your control anyways and you can’t please everyone. No matter how you feel you are never alone. Reach out to others.

4.Be curious

Explore and learn new things. Keep your mind active. You could try an online class, practice speed reading, or learning a second language. You could learn to paint or draw, or try your hand at writing. Anything really… just get your mind engaged and you’ll feel great when you’re done.

5. Meditate

Try yoga, tai chi, meditation, or prayer. Get centered and get relaxed. Try deep breathing or listen to some music. Get creative, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. A new sense of calmness will take you over and you can gain some peace.
Get some fresh air and take a walk. That coupled with the exercise will make you feel much better. 

6. Be strong

You have outlived diseases, accidents, and hardships. Inevitably when you outlive a spouse or a family member it is extremely difficult. Having a good coping system is crucial to staying emotionally and physically healthy. Getting into grief counseling right away is important to overcome the depression that often accompanies a death. You need to talk about it with someone so that it doesn’t snowball too fast. There are ways to preserve the memories but move on from the grief.

Having lost a daughter when she was 33 I had to turn to my faith to get me through that excruciating time. That was 5 years ago and I am a totally different person that I was before that. It definitely changes you, but I knew she wouldn’t want me to stop living. So I concentrate on my grand kids for my source of joy.

7. Give Thanks

Appreciate what you have and be grateful. Take stock and thank the good Lord for all of the blessing that you have in your life. Family, a job, friends… whatever it is. You can keep a journal or just make a list. Write it in an email or a letter. It can be just for you or you can share it, whatever makes you feel better.

8. Love your skin

Always use sunscreen and invest in a beneficial skin care routine that makes you look and feel amazing. It's always nice to be pampered and get some "me" time. Come on ladies! We deserve it! if were not going to pamper ourselves no one else is going to do it for you. Am I right?!

This is what I use and it is so amazing!

9. Get that blood pumping.

Exercise 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes to stay healthy and active. You can substitute in other activities other than exercising or weightlifting. You could walk, swim, dance, or bike. You could hike or use the stairs. Try a deep cleaning on your kitchen! That works on many different levels.

10. Eat well!

Limit unhealthy fats, processed food, and refined sugar and flour. You’ll thank yourself later.

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12. Manage stress before it becomes too great.

Make time for friends, family, and pets. All curb anxiety and stress.

13. Drink like a fish.

Water that is. Drink half your body weight in ounces to stay hydrated.

14. Is there a doctor in the house?

See your physician regularly and talk about any issues.

15. Accept the inevitable

No one has figured out yet how to stop the aging clock, so accept that truth and have lots of fun along the way. Make new memories, go on adventures, and spoil your friends and family. You'll love the time spent here.
Embrace your wisdom, resilience, and positivity Have a good outlook on life and love the season you are in.


If you’re in any way feeling troubled about aging then talk to someone you trust, such as a family member or close friend. Professional help is also available through a doctor or a counselor. Don’t feel like you have to handle it on your own.

Aging gracefully is about being healthy and happy with yourself just the way you are and growing old with grace.

Growing old gracefully comes down to an attitude. Not what you look like or the activities that you can and can’t do. It’s about accepting your limitations and still being grateful and living your best life.

Thanks and happy aging!


I'm a 57-year-old Gramma with 13 grandkids!!