Talking about biology — who knows? — there are people who seem to be immortal. Talking about mentality — the answer is yes. What’s more, the secret of the eternal youth is not complicated. Take a look at those 8 simple habits of people who seem to be forever young — no matter their age.
- Go for it
Who says you have a limited time to start making your dreams come true? It is never too late to embrace your intuition. It’s the society which tells us that by the age of 30 we need to achieve most of the successes like a stable job, good relationship, perhaps also an owned car or a flat. What if it didn’t happen and we already passed 30?
The same goes for following your dreams. Alan Rickman, a brilliant British actor, got his first major role at the age of 46. When Judi Dench, the famous M from James Bond movies, got her life-changing role, she was 61. Those people, and many more who pursue their dreams no matter their age, always seem happier, more attractive, and younger. That’s why the next time you’d feel like you are too old to take that trip to Costa Rica, or participate in ballet classes, think about J.K. Rowling who published Harry Potter “only” at the age of 32.
- Get ridiculous
Nobody is too old to laugh at themselves. Laughter is good especially when you think there’s nothing funny around (for example when it hits you’re not in your 20s anymore). People who keep a healthy distance about themselves seem happier, more confident, more attractive, and obviously, younger.
Just look at Richard Branson — one of the most successful people on Earth, a crazy-smart entrepreneur and an experienced leader whose Virgin Group controls more than 400 companies. He is also a 67-year-old, professional businessman who surely has to deal with lots of unpleasant situations and dilemmas every day. But does he behave like he is the wisest person in the world? No. He is actually known for making tons of fun of himself and always has a very good time. This attitude makes him look younger and nicer in front of his partners and employees.
- Stay curious
Stay hungry, stay curious, said Steve Jobs during his memorable speech for the freshly graduated Stanford students. When we keep being interested in learning new things, learning about the world, and learning about ourselves, we never get bored. Young people, no matter of their age, are always willing to find out about some new things that happened. Even just for the sake of knowing what’s up.
Quite often, on the other hand, people who seem older suddenly stop being curious about anything. It looks like they already know everything and not acknowledge the fact that there are things that could still amaze them. If you want to stay forever young, just keep digging deeper, keep asking questions. Remember when you were a kid and always wanted to know why the moon gets up at night or how come the cars drive, or why some people have blue eyes, and others have brown eyes? You still have it in you. Go for a walk and get into the skin of a child who just continues to ask questions about the world. Stay hungry and look for answers.
- Take fitness seriously
The keys to life are running and reading, said actor Will Smith. Sure, it’s nice and motivating once you are young and beautiful, and those butt workouts actually bring fast results. But what, when you get older, and carving the dream body starts to get way harder? Don’t fall into that trap. Taking good care of your body in terms of daily physical exercise is another crucial thing to stay young — both physically and mentally.
Just look at Tao Porchon-Lynch, an absolutely inspirational woman, a yoga master and a dancer, who is still practicing and teaching yoga at the age of 99. Her life motto is There is nothing you cannot do. The happy smile on her face and the brilliant life she’s had proves that you can still be young and live long years; if your body and mind get a habit of a regular sports activity. Yoga, or any other discipline, can take you no longer than 10–15 minutes per day. How about starting this evening?