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Flowers

Sarah

As women approaching the age of 70, we have written about the anti-inflammatory diet, exercise, supplements, fashion and make-up. We may have overlooked one important element.  Drinking!  (Just kidding.)  Let’s call it the mental/spiritual aspect of our lives and what we can do to enhance that area:

  •  Buy fresh flowers for your home. I love this one!
  • Visit a park or some other place where you can experience nature. Maybe you have the luxury of being able to  walk everyday in a beautiful place.
  • Take a break from the news.  Being uninformed can be a blessing!
  • Read an inspirational book.
  • Make a list of friends and acquaintances who make you feel happier, more alive, more optimistic. Spend time with those individuals. Does this mean avoiding those who evoke the opposite feelings?
  •  Try your hand at growing herbs, fruit or vegetables. My rosemary is still alive! I also have an orange and a lemon tree in pots. No fruit. Maybe next year.
  •  Take a moment to express gratitude for your food before meals.
  • Think of a piece of music that you find uplifting and listen to it: C&W, classic rock, opera, jazz? I have a new     Texas Tenors CD.
  • View a work of art, sculpture or architecture that you find beautiful.
  • Reconnect with someone with whom you’ve lost touch or from whom you are estranged.
  • Forgive someone who has hurt you or made you angry. Do this for yourself. The person you are forgiving my     have completely forgotten the offense.
  • Do something for someone else without expecting something in return.
  • If you don’t have a pet, consider getting one—from your local animal shelter.
  • Volunteer.
  • And finally, have an occasional glass of wine.

Exercise and diet are important, but these habits really make for a well lived life.

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