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8 Habits Of People Who Look Younger Than Their Actual Age

8 Habits Of People Who Look Younger Than Their Actual Age

The current culture is obsessed with how to look younger. There are anti-wrinkle cream commercials by the dozen, there are thousands of plastic surgeons who specialize in making people look younger, and of course the air-brushed celebrities only add to the obsession with looking younger. “They” say that there is no anti-wrinkle cream out there that actually works. Plastic surgery can go horribly wrong and is also very expensive. Celebrity photos are not real. We all know this, yet our culture is still obsessed with how to look younger. So, is there anything a normal person can do to make themselves appear as less than their age? The answer is yes, but you may have to go about it much differently than you think.

Here are 8 scientifically-proven ways to look younger than your actual age:

1. Age Gracefully

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    There’s nothing worse than the sight of someone who is desperately trying to keep looking like a teenager while everyone else can tell their real age. If you are trying to look younger, sometimes the secret is to look your age! Dressing like a teenager and wearing a ton of makeup can actually make you look older than you are. (We’ve all seen these people!) Accept who you are, age and all. Age gracefully, love yourself, and you will look younger without even trying. A study conducted in the USA confirms that people who have a positive outlook on aging live longer and look younger than people who do not age so gracefully.

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    2. Add Some Spice to Your Diet

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      Appearing younger doesn’t just have to do with appearance. Keeping your brain alert and young is also important. Researchers from Singapore discovered that people who eat curry often have better cognitive function than those who don’t. Your brain’s cognitive functioning ability is an important aspect of looking younger. You want to keep your mind sharp as well as your face and body to truly appear younger.

      3. Accept Life for What it Is

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        Harvard University researchers have discovered that developing a thick skin towards the curve balls that life throws at you can help you to appear younger than your age. If you are not easily fazed by your circumstances, you will do well in the battle against wrinkles. To achieve this you must remember that your circumstances do not define who you are. Nothing can change who you are. Circumstances always change; nothing lasts forever. So, don’t sweat the small stuff, or even the big stuff.

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        4. Sing!

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          Your voice may not sound like an angel’s, but the effects of singing as discovered by US researchers, are too good to keep your mouth shut. They are not sure why singing keeps you younger, but whether it’s breathing better or simply the social togetherness of joining a choir, looking younger is a great side effect! Do a quick search online and find a choir in your area to join.

          5. Spend Quality Time With Your Dog

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            Dogs give unconditional love and it is extremely hard to not love them back. The act of spending time with an animal who adores you and wants to have fun with you improves your emotional outlook on life. Research also shows that the simple act of walking your dog will boost your fitness level, increase social activity, and give your sense of well-being a boost. All of these factors play a part in making you look younger.

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            6. Wondering How to Look Younger? Sleep!

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              If you want to look younger, don’t buy into the idea that you can “sleep when you’re dead.” Sleep is so important to your body and brain functions, and sleep experts have discovered that you don’t need less sleep as you age. Apparently, you will always need as much sleep as you can get, especially if you want to look younger! Try to always get 8 hours as often as you can.

              7. Get Religion

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                Multiple studies prove that the act of praying, going to church, and having faith can add a few years to your life. This is because things like bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness cannot be present in your heart alongside faith. Holding onto unforgiveness can even cause illness, and the people who are able to forgive appear to live longer, fuller lives. Faith brings a release of stress and worry which is good for your body and make you look younger than you are.

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                8. Google Can Help You Appear Younger

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                  Researchers proved that surfing the internet regularly helps the brain to stay sharp in language, memory, and reading; all of which are important to appearing younger. So instead of “wasting time” on the internet, you can think of it as your long-term goal for anti-aging. Surf the net to your heart’s content! Just make sure you are still getting enough sleep.

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                  Last Updated on October 20, 2020

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                  • (1) Research
                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                  • (3) Creating the outline
                  • (4) Drafting the content
                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                  • (6) Revision
                  • (7) etc.

                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                  2. Change Your Environment

                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                  6. Get a Buddy

                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                  Reality check:

                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                  Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                  More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                  Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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