Friday, March 8, 2013

Happiness and Aging

I've never been an extremely outgoing person. So, given my introverted personality, I tend to have a small and tight circle of friends. Imagine my surprise to learn that if you want to age well, having strong social relationships are equally important as having a positive outlook on life. The unfortunate thing for introverts like me is this: unless the circle of friends is replenished, their numbers reduce with time.

Sickness, physical distance or death will inevitably make an impact on your social circle. So, in addition to planning for financial security, I’ve learned we must invest in the behaviors that can add not just years to our life, but life to those years.

So I distilled three main points that I use as a ‘template’ to lead and live my life to those lofty, aged, senior goals. They are as follows:

  • Despite being ridiculed, I often try to imagine living 120 happy, healthy years. No, that's not a 'type-o.' I plan on living at least to the ripe old age of one-hundred-and-twenty! And, I try to plan ways I will enjoy those years. 
  • Every day I do my best to establish routines in my home and social life that will help me reach my goals. Like; I do something physical such as exercise, schedule calls and or face time with friends, and I watch what I eat. All important to helping stay fit.
  • And while some old dogs still refuse to learn new tricks, I try to find new activities that excite and fulfill me. I seek to make new friends, and avoid relying on a job or any single relationship to meet all of my emotional needs. There isn't a single person on the planet that can do that…

The way I see it, life is an asset. Use it wisely because whether you like it or not, you will need to pay the tab at the end. Even if you are a pessimist and pride yourself on growing into a miserly curmudgeon, you have to take some ‘joy’ in being such – Or, what’s the point? As for me, I’ll be grumpy when I need to, happy when I have cause and healthy because I choose to be. I hope you will do the same.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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