Journalist Lauren Kessler’s new book, My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti Aging, wisely surmises that age is – in fact – a state of mind. She writes, “How we think about age—individually and as a society—can have profound effects on how we actually age. Yes, I mean discernible biological effects. The idea that we can think ourselves young, that our minds could cause changes in our bodies, is what Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer, PhD, calls the psychology of the possible,” and finds that elders with a good attitude about their health and life lived an average of 7.5 years longer than their less optimistic peers. We all know this intuitively, but changing your mind changes your life.
An excerpt from Kessler’s book can be found in this article from Prevention Magazine: