When my grandfather was 50, he looked like 80, according to my mother. She attributed that to the tremendous stress he’d had in his life. When my dad was 50 (in 1961), he looked 40. He played tennis regularly, ate healthy and didn’t have a lot of stress. He always said “Worry ages you and isn’t worth the time and energy, so why worry?” (Unless it was about me, his adventurous “hippie” daughter of the 60s.)
Perhaps you’ve noticed that most 50-year-olds are looking exceptionally well these days. You’ve heard that 50 is the new 30, right? The fact is, people overall are healthier and living longer than ever due to better health care. More people are exercising and eating right, although the obesity epidemic tells us there’s still a long ways to go. A great deal has been learned over the last century about living longer and healthier and it seems every time you turn around there’s some new recommendation about how you can add years to your life. But there is one factor that can add years to life that many of us today choose to ignore: managing stress.
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