Commenter Kort writes…
How I ACT 10 years younger for $0.
Hi, Bill. Thought provaking day 12/1; thanks for your insights. I re-caught up with your blog. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Ellen (?) Langer’s work (Langer, E. J. (1989). Mindfullness. Cambridge, MA: DaCapo Press, Perseus Books Group.) but your recent post reminded me of a study she did with 2 groups of 80 somethings.
The control group spent a week in reminiscing activities in a retreat setting. The treatment group spent a week imagining, talking and acting as though they were 10 years younger. The results showed significantly improved cognitive functioning, strength and post in the treatment group! I’ve tried it and it works. Might be some overlap with the hypnosis thread, but truly startling when you think about it: choosing to think you’re over the hill is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Ageism rears its ugly head yet again!