Being grateful for the good in your life is the key to positivity, and positivity is one of the keys to youth!
The practice of gratitude has many faces, ranging from being willing to say a simple “thank you,” to journaling about what you’re grateful for, to actively giving back to the community through charity and volunteering. It enhances empathy and reduces aggression and the desire for revenge.
In short, it negates the bitterness that can build up over a lifetime, making us old in spirit.
The ability to be thankful for and to focus on what you have rather than complaining about what you deserve can shift aside years of burdens.
Gratitude can even improve physical health—grateful people experience fewer body aches and pains, and, in general, feel healthier than negative people. They’re also more likely to exercise, eat well, and take care of their bodies.
In a way, negativity is a way of giving up, and giving up is part of what makes us feel older. Creating a greater sense of optimism and positivity through gratitude helps you have more energy and motivation to do more youthful things.
Work to change your outlook by focusing on the good things in life, and you’ll take a huge step toward becoming your younger self!