The following is not original to me nor can I remember where I got it from a couple of years back, but while some doctors might fault it in places, it makes a lot of sense in others, and is worth not only reading, but also being put into action in our own lives too, where applicable.
“ How To Stay Young by John Campbell
Just remember that getting old is caused by staying alive but being old is caused by giving up on life.
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them. Let others who don't have anything more important to do worry about them but you get on with your life unhindered by irrelevant information. Just think about it this way.
What would you do if you did not know how old you were?
The shape, and state, you are in is far more important that what you weigh.
There is no correlation between your height and your IQ or your personality.
2 Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. Beware of being with, or being an "energy vampire" (someone who brightens up the room by leaving!) Your attitude is affected by the company you keep so develop an attitude that keeps you in the company of exciting enthusiastic people.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. The greatest investment you can make is in yourself and medical science has shown that there is no limit to how much you can learn other than how much you choose to learn.
4. Enjoy the simple things. Either everything is a miracle or nothing is a miracle. The reason that we stop enjoying the simple things is that we take them for granted.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laughing is one of the best exercises that you can get. Just remember, to get the most benefit learn to laugh with others, not at them. If you must laugh at someone learn to laugh at yourself.
6. Tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. Allow yourself to experience your emotions, they are what make you, you. Remember these four words. "This too, will pass"
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. Take the time to take stock of your spiritual wealth. What is it that you have that makes life worth living?
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is not good, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. Take good care of your body. It is your vehicle on this journey called life and it is the way that you get to experience all your physical interaction with others.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, any where but NOT to where the guilt is. When people start offering guilt trips keep your emotional bank account safe, decline the offer. And what ever you do, do not put others on a guilt trip because no matter what you do, you have to go with.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. Treat the living with as much respect as you treat the dead and you will be amazed at the change in your relationships. Don't wait until the "last minute" to mend or maintain relationships, your watch might be slow and you might miss it
No matter what the state of your life right now, just remember this, it sure beats the alternative.
Be Young. Have Fun. Go Live You Life.”
I feel no further comment is needed by me, but if you wish too, please feel free to do so.