The Secrets to Aging Well
Each of us wants to be happy and healthy. Most people don’t see how closely the two are tied.
Yes, you can be unhappy and healthy. And you can be happy and unhealthy. But did you know that improving one of these states almost always has a beneficial effect on the other? They’re closely interconnected.
Lori Stevens, CPBC, CPDT-KA, CCFT, SAMP, is an expert in helping dogs age well, and I invited her to explore ideas of how pet professionals can age well also.
She says that health, mobility, and engagement are three areas she focuses on for her canine clients. She wants the dogs to feel, to borrow Kathy Sdao’s phrase, the “spark of joy” in their lives.
You deserve the spark of joy.
You deserve to feel a deep sense of connection with others and the world at large.
You deserve to be excited and enthused by learning more about the topics that interest you and sharing what you’ve learned with others.
You deserve a body that feels good and works well. You deserve to sleep comfortably and deeply and to wake up refreshed. You deserve to eat food that is delicious and nourishing.
You deserve to spend time in beautiful surroundings, exercising and exploring, and also resting and relaxing.
You deserve all that and more.
Are you getting it?
If not, what’s getting in your way? What choices—big and small—can you make right now that your future self will thank you for?
Creating small, sustainable habits is a powerful way of making large, lasting improvements in your quality of life.
It’s the best investment you can possibly make for aging well, happily and healthily. Lori shares lots of great ideas in this episode. I have no doubt you’ll be inspired to make a few changes that will support you.
You may also be interested in the list of short (15 minutes or less), medium (about an hour), and long (2 hours or more) activities that the members of UNLEASHED Resilience came up with in a learning lab session. Perhaps these will spark some new ideas for you.
Links worth clicking
- Connect with Lori at Seattle TTouch, Facebook, and Instagram
- Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
- Nordic Animal Behavior Conference
- Kathy Sdao's UNLEASHED (at work & home) episode
- Great books on changing habits
- Atomic Habits, James Clear
- Tiny Habits, B.J. Fogg
- The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
- Subscribe to UNLEASHED (at work & home) on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher
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