Friday, September 12, 2008

A Better Life

The folks at Real Age say you can knock more than 15 years off your "real" age by hanging out with your friends and enjoying fun, happy, social interaction.

They want you to lead a balanced life all the time, so don't just wait until the weekend to get with the people whose company you enjoy, hook up with them at midweek, too, if you can.

It's fun for you, fun for them, and you'll all live longer.



Take a 10-30 minute walk every day, if you are physically able to do so. Think of something that makes you smile and SMILE! It is a good antidepressant.

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes every day. Buy a lock, if you must.

Buy a digital video recorder. Tape your late night shows. GET MORE SLEEP.

Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 7.

Eat more food that grows on plants than food manufactured *in* a plant.

Clear as much clutter from your house, your car, and your desk as you can. You will find yourself with extra energy for doing other things.

Realize that life is a school and YOU ARE HERE TO LEARN. It's amazing what that does to your perspective when problems crop up.

Make peace with your past so it can stop spoiling your present.

When you come to a crisis, gauge your response by this standard: "How much will this matter in five years?"

What other people think of you is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

Get up. Dress up. Show up. No matter how you feel.

The best is yet to come. Believe it.

When you are really sick, your job won't take care of you. Your friends will. Stay in touch!

[submitted by list member Cheryl]


Another weekend staffing the ice cream booth at our local Renaissance Festival. This weekend, however, scenes are being filmed on the grounds for a new Jack Black/Lindsay Lohan film to be released in 2009. It's tentatively called "Ye Olde Times" from what I can gather on the Web. I may get the "scoop" on a celebrity! (Well, only if I'm clumsy.)

I'll see you on Monday.



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WORDS for YOUR WEEKEND: "The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children." (G.K. Chesterton)

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