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Senior Moments: Ac-cent-u-ate the positive

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, December 6, 2018

It’s been said that nothing you wear is more important than your smile.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article about changing the way we feel about aging. I was reminded that getting older is really a mindset that encompasses our well-being.

We can change the way we feel about aging, the article’s author, Anne Tergesen points out, and that can result in healthier senior years.

Negativism results in depression, which has become a “public-health issue,” according to the article.

I learned a new word from the article: epidemiology, which I had to look up, of course. Epidemiology is the study of the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.

I believe we seniors are, indeed, a “defined population.”

Someone once said, “We are not senior citizens; we are just recycled teenagers!”

In 1944, a popular song was born that many will remember. Here are a few lyrics we seniors could take to heart:

You’ve got to ac-cent-chu-ate the positive

E-lim-i-nate the negative

And latch on to the affirmative

Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between

I like to think that “I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now.” You and I know that sometimes our own attitude or the attitudes we project to others can be debilitating. Some say the secret to aging is to simply gracefully accept our own aging process.

Personally, I think if we exercise our brains more by working puzzles, playing games, reading more and going to meals or gatherings with other seniors it will make us smile more.

Reaching out to those in greater need than ourselves and keeping our bodies moving will help our attitudes become more positive.

There’s so much to say on this subject!

“Just keep laughing,” I told a burdened lady recently. “Look in the mirror and study your smile. Even home alone it will make you laugh!”

Some may remember Charlie Chaplin, who was quoted as saying, “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile.”

Look for things that make you smile. This one, reported in “Coast to Coast,” made me smile the other day: Whether intentional or not, a design element in most decks of playing cards was noticed when a Twitter user posted an image of the 8 of diamonds showing the hidden element in its array of diamonds.

Go get one right now and stare at it until you see the amazing large white number eight shadowed through its center.

Church is a good place to go for a smile.

Remember God is like the sun -- you can’t look directly at Him, but without Him you can see nothing.

An anonymous person reminds us that “You haven’t lost your smile at all, it’s right under your nose. You just forgot it was there.”

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