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These are the seven best anti aging tips to help you feel good and look better – and they don’t involve Botox, cosmetic plastic surgery, or weight loss! These anti aging tips are from a fantastic book called  70 Ways to Beat 70. I love this book because it includes tips for everything from increasing your sense of wonder in the world to taking good care of your eyes.

Before the anti aging tips, a quip: 

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter,” said Mark Twain. 

Yes – but getting older matters far less if you feel great! To learn more about living longer and better, read 70 Ways to Beat 70: Keys to a Longer, Healthier Life by David Biebel, DMin, James Dill, MD, and Bobbie Dill, RN.

And, here are seven ways to feel great about your age…

The Best Anti Aging Tips to Help You Feel Good and Look Better

1. Take care of your eyes. To prevent age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, or vision impairment, eat plenty of yellow and green vegetables every day (spinach, turnip greens, collards, squash, peas, broccoli, pumpkin, and corn). This is key to a long, healthy life because those veggies contain lutein and zeaxanthin. Eggs are a good source of those components, too. For more info, read 7 Anti Aging Foods and Tips.

2. Cultivate a hobby. “Hobbies are great distractions from the worries and troubles that plague daily living,” writes Malone in 70 Ways to Beat 70. “Besides the reduction of stress and worry, hobbies can aid in the battle of depression…Individuals who are involved with their hobby are happier people.” If you have a hobby, you might like to read How Hobbies Become Money Making Careers.

3. Stay connected. This anti aging tip is key to helping you feel good and look better because a support network helps fight depression, loneliness, and poor health. The authors of 70 Ways to Beat 70 write, “Staying involved often spells the difference between aging gracefully and just growing old.”

4. Develop resilience. “Resilient people tend to adapt more easily to change and to be more optimistic than pessimistic,” write these authors. “They don’t give up easily, and they maintain hope even when it’s difficult….They handle uncertainty better than others and they like challenges.” This anti aging tip will help you bounce back from difficulties – which keeps you strong, happy, and healthy. If you want to increase your “bouncebackability”, read 5 Ways to Build Resilience – JK Rowling on my See Jane Soar blog.

5. Take charge of your health. “Your goal is to assemble a team of qualified allies with special talents ready to assist you in maintaining your health,” write the authors of 70 Ways to Beat 70. They recommend seeing yourself as the captain of your team – because you have the biggest impact on your how, and whether you will feel good and look better.

6. Cry more often. Crying makes you feel better emotionally, lubricates your eyes and prevents “dry eye”, remove toxic substances from the body, and enhance a sense of community with others. This anti aging tip strengthens your emotional, physical, and social well-being.

7. Value yourself. “If we believe we have intrinsic value – value that is not based on things like our looks, our intelligence, or our achievements – then we are more likely to choose friends and activities and to adopt goals consistent with that belief,” write the authors of 70 Ways to Beat 70.

Bonus anti-aging tip: Develope your sense of wonder and increase the “wow” factor in life. You know how kids are awed by rainbows, the moon, kittens, and cartoons? Well, another anti-aging tip is to tap into that sense of wonder you had as a child.

For anti aging brain tips, read What Are the Best Brain Vitamins? 10 Brain Improvement Tips.

If you have any comments or questions on feeling good and looking better, I welcome your thoughts below…

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - Christian, bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer, blogger, warrior princess. :-) My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

What's happening in your life? I welcome your big and little comments below! I can't give you advice, but writing might bring you clarity and insight.

"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13

In peace and passion...Laurie

  11 Responses to “The Best Anti Aging Tips to Help You Feel Good and Look Better”

  1. I think one of the most important things is motivation. Motivation is what we need to finally get ready to go for a plan on how to look younger and remove the scars of aging. However, your I think tip number 6 which is about crying may be effective.

  2. I couldn’t agree more that things like dancing and looking at life with a sense of wonder are great anti aging tips. My local gym recently started hosting Zumba classes and our teacher is in her early 70’s! She has more energy than most of the girls in class and her smile lights up the room. Yes, she has wrinkles of course, but she is a truly beautiful and vibrant woman.

  3. Hi James,

    Thanks for your thoughts, I’m glad to hear from you! But I still think crying is a good anti aging tip. It released physical toxins and negative emotions…and 80% of people feel better after crying, according to a research study I recently read :-)

    Laurie

  4. I definitely agree with LauriePK’s comments that dancing is a wonderful way to fight the aging process. It can easily help with nearly of the points mentioned above in the article. Maybe not the crying, unless your partner steps on your foot ;) But overall, it will help you to get out there and have fun and socialize.

  5. I turned 40 years old a few months ago, and I love it! I’m not crying because of my “advanced” age…I value my strength, wisdom, independence, and confidence. Maybe that’s the best anti-aging tip of all!

  6. I can’t really argue with any of those except maybe that once you find peace in your *old* age you may not feel much need for crying. ;-) I love all vegetables so that first one is easy for me – especially since I found out shade cloth really makes a difference in keeping the garden growing and producing throughout the 100+ degree weather here.

    Even if you have limited space, a tomato plant or too is ideal because those so-called tomatoes in stores don’t taste anything like a fresh-picked tomato!

    And if your thumb is not green try planting a couple squash plants. They will grow almost anywhere and usually produce like crazy. You may end up giving squash away!

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Daisypicker5! Yes, taking care of yourself is a great anti-aging tip….and I think I’ll take care of myself by taking nap right now :-)

  8. Great tips!! I watched a video about preventing wrinkles, it really helped me understand that to be healthy and stay young you just have to take care of yourself.

  9. When I was working with Big Sisters and Big Brothers, I went to a retired person’s community center to give a talk about a new program we were launching. It was just after lunch I think, and they had 4 piece band in this big common area with couches and a huge dance floor! There were about 25 retired people there, most waltzing and foxtrotting away….it was SO COOL. I didn’t dance, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the dancers and the band.

    Some community centers – not just seniors’ ones – offer dance lessons and events. And, some continuing education programs give dance lessons, and of course so do dance companies.

    I think it depends on where you live…

    The church in my community is putting on a square dance soon, and I think I’ll drag my hubby along! I remember square dancing when I was in school, as part of gym class. I loved it then, and I’m curious to see if I’m as enchanted with it now. Dancing isn’t just an anti-aging tip for older people — it’s the key to a long, healthy life for young’uns as well.

    Now, I want to dance instead of getting back to work!

  10. I love to dance! It is unfortunate that there are not more opportunities for social dance in non-alcoholic environments. I am not crazy about square dancing, and I find that much other dancing takes place in bars or smokey environments. Am I alone in noticing this???

  11. “I have found that social dancing leads to a continued engagement with life – past, present, and future – and holds the promise for successful ageing,” says researcher Dr Jonathan Skinner from Queen’s University in Belfast. “It contributes to the longevity of the dancers, giving them something to enjoy and focus upon – to live for. It alleviates social isolation and quite literally helps take away the aches and pains associated with older age.

    “In addition to this, and especially in Northern Ireland, dancing brings people together across communities, creating solidarity, tolerance and understanding.”

    Dancing is not only an anti-aging tip — it’s a key to a long, healthy life! Gives you more energy, too. For more info about Skinner’s research on how dancing leads to longer, healthier lives, go to Science Daily’s “Dance Your Way to Successful Aging” (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090401103127.htm).

    Are you a dancer? I’m not yet, but maybe when I’m old :-)