A Writer Suggests Ways to Stay Young
l) Maintain zest for life by starting each day with a sterling attitude. Ask: Do I want to be a growly bear or a loving one?
2) It’s my belief that if you add new friends while maintaining former ones and seek new places to explore, you can keep up the momentum for inner happiness.
3) Defeat does come. But have a few tricks under your belt to deflect and learn from these experiences. They’re in life to help you grow. Those who keep growing are the happiest (so says research).
4) If you get hurt physically or emotionally, listen to uplifting music, whatever works for you. I particularly like the solo piano music of Remembrance.
5) Stay up more than you sit down. Walking, showering, scrubbing things, help launch creative ideas. They keep you moving. One writer likes to clean out her chicken coop when she is blocked.
6) If you see find that you are talking yourself out of making an effort, for example, to plan a trip, or you can’t think of anyone you’d like to invite to do something with you, seek out a person who you know gives you energy. Then, put on an item– red in color– and make the contact, best in person, for unexpected good results.
7) In thought: If you see that you are thinking more about the past than what’s happening NOW or in the future, stop. That is unless you are writing a memoir about one aspect of your past, then you are forced to be there.
8) Can’t declutter? Read a Gretchen Rubin book about her happiness quests and you may see that it’s because you don’t want to give away an awkward bit of yourself.
9) If you don’t like the holidays anymore, none of us feel the same excitement as when we were a kid, spruce up the front door or buy a few flowers. Their scent and beauty may add the aspect that’s missing and bring back the delight a holiday can bring.
10) Are you adding more gray, black or brown colors to wardrobe or home? If you are, please accompany them by adding the energy of the more vivacious colors such as forest green, amber, rose, red, peach, orange, purple. Watch UTube’s Advanced Style for clothing ideas. They’re wild but so MUCH fun to put into action.
11) If you journal, go ahead and rant and rave but end in a voice of gratitude. “Things may be back, but not if I give thanks for . . .”
12) Angry at someone? Replace the thoughts with positive ones about the person. Works to rebalance the scales of good feelings.
13) Pick out your favorite “happy” song. Sing out the words from one of the musicals such as Oklahoma’s “O’ What a Beautiful Morning” to bless the new day.
( With these ideas in mind, I head into the unknown. A book tour starts Sunday; I can’t wait to put camera and notepad to work. What I learn may be helpful. For whom? Who know? Only the shadow, as the long ago radio program would ominously say as it ended.”
See you when spring returns.)