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Feel Younger, Live Longer and Better

Feel younger, be stronger Older adults typically feel younger than their chronological age. Having a younger subjective age (how you feel abut your age) predicts better psychological and physical health-related outcomes. Could a younger subjective age be experimentally induced and would it lead to improved physical performance? Researchers in France and Germany did just that…

How Can Positive Self-Perceptions of Aging Boost Your Health?

Embodied positive and negative age stereotypes Positive and negative age-related stereotypes held by older people predict beneficial and detrimental effects on health and well-being, respectively. Becca Levy’s research over the past two decades led to a theory of stereotype embodiment. According to Levy, stereotypes from the surrounding culture become embodied when individuals accept the stereotypes…

Improve Your View of Aging to Live Longer

Your view of aging matters You can develop a positive view of getting older Part of developing a positive mental attitude involves adopting a positive attitude toward growing older. American cultural norms do not, however, often support such a positive attitude. To the contrary, most people perceive aging in a negative light. One of my…