Think it’s too late to “reinvent” yourself? Think again. According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine and executive director of Healthy Aging®, “it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion, or hobby.”

As the New Year approaches, use this upcoming month as motivation to evaluate your life, see if you are happy and adjust accordingly. It’s never too late to change, to get started reinventing yourself.  Check out a few tips below:

1)  Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news.)

2)  Stand up straight! You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in?  Do you have your shoulders, back, and chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks. Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day, until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. (Tip: Your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice.)

3)  How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth.)


4)  Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while.

5)  Lonely? Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone and make a call to do one or more of the following: volunteer your time, take a class, invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee. Choose a new person every week for your dining out.  (Tip: Volunteer at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trends. Take a computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology.)

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