How to Naturally Reverse the Signs of Ageing and Make Today A Masterpiece
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” ~ Aldous Huxley
In this article I’m going to share with a how to naturally reverse the signs of ageing documented in a psychological experiment, which dramatically improved the health and wellbeing of elderly male participants like magic.
This might be of interest to you if you’re a guy who’s 35+ and you’ve discovered the anti-ageing section in the men’s toiletries aisle at your local supermarket or pharmacy.
In fact you can’t escape them nowadays, it’s pretty much the norm of all the big brands to buy into our fear of ageing by offering these ‘benefits’ as part of their after shave balms, moisturizers etc.
And I’m a sucker for their claims, even though I don’t really know if they really work. Maybe I’m just vain, but whatever the reason I keep using them.
However like I said, psychologists have proven there’s something way cheaper and even more effective to helping you naturally reverse the signs of ageing without any gimmicks or potions.
Here’s the story…
As part of my daily routine, I’ve been asking myself the following question “how can I make today a masterpiece?”. It’s a simple process.
Following my early morning meditation, I sit in silence and wait to see what insight emerges and on one particular, cold, dark morning last winter, the word ‘enthusiasm’ arose through the silence.
Throughout history many a great mind has professed to the power of enthusiasm. They knew it lights up life, brings joy to the mundane and transforms mediocre. Without enthusiasm for life, what’s the point?
I’d say it’s fairly critical for making each day a masterpiece, wouldn’t you?
In fact, research from nearly 40 years ago, highlights that it may even help to naturally reverse the signs of ageing.
Professor Ellen Langer, a psychologist at Harvard University ran an experiment in 1981 with a group of men aged in their late 70’s and early 80’s. All were in good health, but noticeably suffering from the signs of ageing.
They were asked to spend 5 days together in a house recreated to look exactly as it did in 1959. They conversed as though it was 1959, talking in the present tense about the issues, sporting events and life generally as if they were 20 years younger.
They watched 1950’s TV programs and participated in many different activities to distract them from 1981 and re-engage them with life in 1959. Nothing existed to remind them of 1981. No mirrors, no modern-day clothing, no photos except portraits of their much younger selves; creating the illusion that they’d shaken off 22 years.
After 5 days the results were astonishing.
It was like these men had visited Lourdes and drank the elixir of life. They were filled with an energy and zeal they thought lay in the past. Along with this newly instilled enthusiasm, their physical health greatly improved.
They were more supple, showed greater manual dexterity and sat taller. Perhaps most improbable, their sight improved and independent judges said they looked younger.
Professor Langer is quoted as saying they
“put their mind in an earlier time, and their bodies went along for the ride”.
What if Age is Nothing But A Mindset?
To me this research points to the fact that no matter how old we are, or whatever our circumstances, the capacity for enthusiasm never leaves us. We simply forget it’s always there, patiently waiting, longing to be called upon; the perceived toils of life seeming to tune it out of our experience.
If you look back on your life, you’ll remember times when enthusiasm was effortless. Christmas mornings as a kid, nights out partying with friends, times of new adventure, the first day in a new job, the start of a relationship etc.
At other times when life’s felt hard work, it’s probably seemed elusive. In fact you could even believe enthusiasm depletes as you get older, gradually seeping out like bathwater escaping down the plug hole.
However that’s not true.
Professor Ellen’s experiments proved enthusiasm is the great leveler. It can seem like it declines as we age, but that magical, intoxicating, contagious energy found within those who savor each moment is always there.
Ellen’s experiment rekindled a zest for life in those men, by giving them an opportunity to drop the stories about who they thought they were. It didn’t take any effort for them to feel like they’d turned back the clocks, both mentally and physically.
All it required was letting go of the stories that kept them believing the enthusiasm of their younger days was gone forever.
You could liken enthusiasm to a radio wave, intangible and invisible yet can be tuned in to whenever we choose to get back on it’s frequency. It may not seem that easy, but all it takes is a shift in perspective by seeing it’s always there; behind the stories about who we think we are, how old we look, what we’re capable of etc.
If you’re willing to accept this, you open yourself to a vast treasure trove of hope and out of hope arises rejuvenation. Science seems to have proven enthusiasm keeps you young, agile and nimble, so nurture it, practice bringing it to every endeavor, every interaction, every conversation.
Bathe in it, soak it up and allow enthusiasm to take you over.
Life can be downright hard and in those periods it can feel like enthusiasm is hard to find. However if we can remember it’s available no matter how old you are, what you’re doing or what circumstances prevail; you’ll go along way to creating more of it in your life. Here is one woman showing us the way…awesome!
“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
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