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Why Aging is a Disease, not an Inevitability

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ElderlyWomenThere are three distinct ways to measure someone’s age: chronological age, as dictated by the calendar; biological age, as evidenced by your physical appearance and health; and psychological age, as determined by how old you feel.

So when I turned the big 3-0, I kept telling everyone that while I may be chronologically 30 years old, biologically and psychologically, I was still 21. You see, I had just read “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind” by Dr. Deepak Chopra, who discussed the “three ages of man” in his book. According to Dr. Chopra, aging was a choice. I had control over two of the three measures of age, meditation being the solution to reversing biology. Sold!!! I continued to believe this, and every year thereafter celebrated the anniversary of my 21st birthday, laughing at the calendar and celebrating like a debutante.

And then my husband decided to start a family. I had just turned 37 and (hoping that meditation had worked its wonders) still held the idea that while chronologically 37, I was biologically much younger. There was no doubt that I was psychologically juvenile, but boy, was I wrong about my body. After two failed attempts at IVF (invitro fertilization) and learning the truth about age and fertility, I wished I hadn’t been so cocky and delusional in my early thirties. Darned Deepak!

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Why Laughter is Good for Your Health

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When I’m feeling blue, I will often self-medicate… by watching reruns of America’s Funniest Home Videos or two full hours of SpongeBob SquarePants. A good belly laugh will often take me right out of that rut. But did you know that laughter also has anti-aging benefits? According to this infographic, laughter helps tone facial muscles and increase blood supply to the face, giving it a healthy glow. Laughter also burns calories, lower blood sugar levels, strengthens the immune system, reduces food cravings and boosts energy.

To quote Nicolas Chamfort, “The most wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed.” Laughter truly is the best medicine. Here’s wishing you a day of love, laughter and light.