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How to Be Healthy at Any Age

Updated on April 22, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Balance for Total Health & Wellness

Since I love music, I find myself continually drawn to associating harmony in any area of life to music. Achieving total health and wellness is no exception. In a typical choir, there are four (4) principal voice types - Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass - and all are necessary to bring full tonal quality and harmony to the choir.

Similarly, in order to have a natural, totally healthy and fulfilling life, you should focus on your "quality of life" which constitutes your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional well-being.

It is so simple and effective that most people miss it. The key is to not focus on any one realm or dimension to the disadvantage of the others, since all are required to bring balance and harmony to the human person.

If you are to enjoy a good "quality of life", then you need to simultaneously take care of the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional dimensions of your life. Achieving this total balance and harmony is quite simple and does not require any expensive solutions.

In this article, I will share with you those four (4) key requirements for healthy living, looking younger and aging gracefully through spiritual health, physical health, mental health and emotional health. Read on! Its really that simple.

Relaxation Music: Just for YOU!

The 99 Most Essential Relaxing Classics (Amazon Exclusive)
The 99 Most Essential Relaxing Classics (Amazon Exclusive)

Use this music as inspiration while working at your computer, around the house or at the office. Or you can use it to relax while you enjoy a long bath, pamper yourself in ‘spa like’ comfort in your bathtub or sip a cup of coffee, tea or a fine glass of wine.

 
Healing Sounds of Nature - Thunderstorm, Rain and Ocean Waves
Healing Sounds of Nature - Thunderstorm, Rain and Ocean Waves

If you’re having trouble sleeping, these soothing sounds will have you enjoying your best and deepest sleep in no time at all! Do not play this while driving or in your bathtub because you WILL be asleep in no time at all.

 

Achieving Spiritual Health and Well-being

I believe that we are all principally spiritual beings, so I will speak to this dimension of well-being first.

From as far back as history can record, men and women in civilizations all over the world have always organized themselves into religions or cults with the specific objective of dealing with the spiritual person and matters not understood in the physical realm. Today, likewise, there are many religious sects and cults.

I won't advocate joining a cult since, by its very definition, it points towards the bizarre and negative. That being said, whatever religious sect you join or belong to, make sure that it brings you inner peace, improves your relationship with God and your relationship with your fellow human beings.

Read daily devotionals and/or spiritual books to keep your spirit "light" and "sweet" and maintain your spiritual health. After all, you are what you read!

Food for Your SPIRIT! - "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!" (Psalm 34:8).

DAILY SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT FOR WOMEN DEVOTIONAL
DAILY SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT FOR WOMEN DEVOTIONAL

This book provides ‘a sip of cold water’ for every woman’s spirit amidst life’s hectic schedules and chores.

 
Peace of Heart (30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher)
Peace of Heart (30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher)

Find inspiration and lessons in living from these ‘morning and evening reflections into the life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, a 12th century Saint.

 
The One Year God's Great Blessings Devotional
The One Year God's Great Blessings Devotional

Renew hope and your spirit every morning of the year as you read about God’s promised blessings whether you’re in a season of plenty or scarcity. Circumstances may change in life but GOD and His promises never change!

 
Battlefield of the Mind Devotional: 100 Insights That Will Change the Way You Think
Battlefield of the Mind Devotional: 100 Insights That Will Change the Way You Think

Things don’t always turn out the way we want them to but we can make opportunities in every circumstance just by changing the way we think. Let Joyce Meyers show you how.

 

Calm Music Peaceful Songs: Most Relaxing Music, New Age for Meditation, Yoga, Mass

I consider music to be a healing balm of the soul, since as Berthold Auerbach quips 'Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.'

So before you read any further, turn on this music video, enjoy the sound of nature and relaxing music and soothe your spirit as you read on.

Achieving Emotional Health and Well-being

Emotional well-being builds on the foundation of your spiritual health. If you don't have inner peace then you are likely to express negative emotions, such as, depression, sadness, moodiness, anxiety, constant complaining and criticism, most, if not all of the time.

You can actively take charge of your emotional health by committing to repeatedly express positive emotions, even in the face of challenging circumstances. Here are some examples:

1. Develop a thankful spirit: Express thanks to God for the elements (sun, moon, water, air), friends, family, your job, your talents and skills. Say thank you to friends, family and strangers for the little as well as big things they do for you.

2. Laugh and smile often: You don't have to walk around grinning from ear to ear whole day or be the "class or office" clown. Watch a comedy! Read a few jokes! Listen to children; they're always asking strange questions or saying "funny" things.

3. Surprise someone with a good deed or a small gift: It's amazing how you can get a warm feeling inside when you see the smile that an unexpected gift or deed brings to someone's face.

4. Empathize with others: The human condition is such that circumstances such as, illness, misfortune, death and grief, can befall us at any time and in different proportions. By empathizing with others, you can help someone along life's journey and might just help save someone from committing suicide.

Achieving Physical Health and Well-being

Taking care of your physical health involves eating healthy, engaging in daily exercise and taking care of your skin.

Always remember to eat from the five (5) major food groups each day - Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Milk, Meat & Beans - in order to provide your body with the right mix of nutrients. Use a good vitamin supplement, to satisfy any nutrition deficiencies you may have or to boost your diet. And don't forget to DRINK YOUR WATER; 6 to 8 glasses a day!

You can reduce the aches, pains and "creaks", by doing daily exercises that warm up, engage, strengthen and tone the whole body. These exercises don't have to be strenuous and could involve the following:

1. Beginner yoga exercises.

2. Walking in the park, along the beach or in the mall.

3. Swimming or moving around in a pool or the beach.

Who says you shouldn't smell and feel beautiful as you age?! Pamper yourself, from head to toes, with personal care products, such as scented shampoos and conditioners, scented body washes, foot scrubs and/or decadent body lotions.

Use moisture enriching products so that:

1. You'll slough off dead skin cells to reveal younger looking skin.

2. You'll add moisture to your skin, thereby keeping it elastic and young.

You'll surely look younger, improve your health, wellness, quality of life and feel better!

Great Stuff To Pamper Yourself

Special personal care products to help you pamper yourself from head to toe.

Green Tea Zen Calming Tea, Bath and Body Gift Basket Spa Set
Green Tea Zen Calming Tea, Bath and Body Gift Basket Spa Set

Is green one of your favorite colors? If so, then basket is packed with ‘soothing green goodness’ which includes a lightly scented herbal Bath Gel, Body Lotion, exfoliating Body Scrub, moisturizing Body Butter, soothing Bath Salts, an exfoliating Sisal Body Scrubber, 100% Cotton Spa Towel” and you won’t believe this! – “Green Tea to sip, sooth and unwind with after a long day.”What more can you ask for!

 
Mums English Rose Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket Set
Mums English Rose Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket Set

Enjoy the empowering and sweet smell of Rose with a Bubble Bath, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Rose Petal Soaps, Luxuriously Rich Body Butter, Fresh and Fragrant Rose Potpourri accompanied by a Sisal Bath Sponge and Nylon Mesh Pouf.

 
Essence of Luxury Warm Vanilla Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket Set
Essence of Luxury Warm Vanilla Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket Set

This basket contains “relaxing Vanilla scented spa products that include soothing bath salts, bath and body gel, hand soap, body scrub, rich body butter, and moisturizing body lotion.”Added to that, you can delight your stomach with some tasty goodies such as Vanilla Caramels, Angelina's Sweet Butter Cookies, and rich Cafe Latte.

 
Lavender Bath and Body Gift Basket- Body Lotion,Bubble Bath,Shower Gel,Bath Fizzer
Lavender Bath and Body Gift Basket- Body Lotion,Bubble Bath,Shower Gel,Bath Fizzer

This simple set is bursting with lavender goodness in a 200ml Shower Gel, 200ml Bubble Bath and130ml Body Lotion accompanied by a 60g Bath Fizzer. Simple but effective’ relaxation and pampering toolkit’.

 

Achieving Mental Health and Well-being

Once you're enjoying spiritual and emotional health, then you've created the foundation for mental health and wellness. As you age, however, you are more susceptible or predisposed to experience declining mental health due to aging of the brain. The most common manifestation of this is a condition known as Dementia, in the first stage, which could then worsen to Alzheimer's. However, you can keep your mind active and healthy, stay mentally alert and stave off Alzheimer's disease by doing a combination of the following activities:

1.Play Games: Play one of the numerous strategy, word and board games available each day. Games such as, Scrabble, Crosswords, Bingo, Chess, Word Search, Backgammon, Cards, to name a few.

2.Volunteer in church or community groups: Many church and community organizations could benefit from your time and experience at no cost.

3.Mentor the young: Young people don't like to be told what to do but you can subtly provide guidance to one or more young persons as you notice them struggling with life issues.

Exercise and Sharpen Your Brain!

World's Largest Crossword Puzzle
World's Largest Crossword Puzzle

If you LOVE crossword puzzles, then you'll enjoy this mega 7 foot x 7 foot crossword puzzle, which includes a clue book, the puzzle grid, an answer grid, and tape for hanging it on your wall or maybe you prefer to lay it out on the floor.

 
Scrabble Crossword Game
Scrabble Crossword Game

This is my No. 1 favorite board game! An ingenious and fun filled board game that entails putting together words vertically or horizontally on the game and scoring points in the process. Enjoyed the world over for family game nights or when friends get together. A great game for groups of 2 to 4 persons.

 
Ruby Red Wood Sudoku Board Game Set with Drawer - Extra Large 15 Inch Set - Comes with Large and Small Wooden Pieces
Ruby Red Wood Sudoku Board Game Set with Drawer - Extra Large 15 Inch Set - Comes with Large and Small Wooden Pieces

This is my 2nd favorite game; after Scrabble of course! To me it's much more fun when played as a board game as opposed to writing on pages in a book.

 
No Stress Chess
No Stress Chess

Now you don't have to guess at Chess!This 2-sided game set contains "an innovative deck of action cards which each depict a chess piece and how it moves.Then "Once you become comfortable with the moves and powers of each chess piece, you can flip the two-sided board over and play standard chess." I LOVE this Chess Set!

 
Ravensburger Wipe off Pen 500 Piece Puzzle - Word Search
Ravensburger Wipe off Pen 500 Piece Puzzle - Word Search

You'll enjoy this interesting mix of a 500-piece Jigsaw puzzle and a Word Search puzzle.You first put together the Jigsaw puzzle and then you can solve the Word Search puzzle with a 'wipe off' pen' so you won't ruin your Jigsaw puzzle.

 

Gauging YOUR Well-being

Which dimension of your well-being do you think needs some more attention?

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @RinchenChodron: You're welcome RinchenChodron! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Lots of helpful advice. Thank you

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Lady Lorelei: Never heard that, Ladymermaid. Interesting! Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed week.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I am a firm believer in exercising the mind to keep it healthy. Have you heard that there is an early test for alzheimers that is actually proving itself to be very reliable and it involves sniffing peanut butter. I can't remember which nostril was the indicator but one side cannot smell the peanut butter if you are in the early stages. I have seen this on the news now on two occasions. Very interesting how the mind works.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Ilonagarden: That's the invaluable secret to life and living that most people ignore, Ilona1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed week.

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      Ilona E 3 years ago from Ohio

      your lens boosted me- and I boosted it!

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      Ilona E 3 years ago from Ohio

      What a great page -so many important things to remember all packed into this lens. I love the relaxing music, and agree that developing our spiritual side is such an important part of wellbeing. We often think of physical food or exercise, but our spirits need that, too!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan52! Have a blessed week.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I really like your music analogy. Great tips and information here!

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I love this message about holistic health. Above you mention that having integrity, honesty, spirituality is "uncommon," which is exactly correct. I like a term used in the Holy Bible in several places, that those who obey God are "peculiar people."

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @RinchenChodron: I can understand that RinchenChodron. I hope that your arm has healed nicely with no complications. It's time to get back in shape now :)) Take a look at my exercise lens which can help you get back on track again https://hubpages.com/health/how-to-get-fit-and-kee... Have a blessed weekend.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      My most unhealthy is my physical. I gained a lot of weight when I broke an arm and had to eat prepared foods and microwave meals. Need to lose weight now.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @fcinternetmarketing: Glad you found the information useful happydrains. Thanks for visiting.

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Great health info.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I like this type of lens, very informative and helpful. Well done!!!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @vineliner57: Glad you liked the tips here vineliner. Thanks for visiting, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Eliminating stress and having a good laugh daily sure go a long way! Lot's of good advice you have here!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      Fantastic tips on living well and continuing to get the most out of life!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I just had to return to bless this.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Funkysi: I am happy you found this lens useful Funkysi. Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed week.

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      Funkysi 4 years ago

      This is just useful information. You have right, we must be active every day.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an enjoyable lens for someone like me. Wise advise.

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      @LiteraryMind: Thanks for the visit and compliments on my lens LiteraryMind. Have a blessed week.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is so well written and makes so many good points. Very nicely presented lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: That's the spirit TeamSTM! Thanks for visiting and sharing once again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Information within this Lens is Awesome and Right On-time, I refuse to grow Old or obtain the "Old" mentality! Vitality and being on the Go is the Key to Long-term Health!!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting my lens Sam. I am happy that you learnt a lot from my lens. May you be blessed with perfect health!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have learnt lot of new ideas and secrets about healthy anti aging secrets. I will keep these tips and information in my mind and i suggest everyone to read this post.St. Ives Boot Camp

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @Sadheeskumar: Good promise to yourself Sadheeskumar. You only have one you, so taking care of yourself is always important. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @malena10: Then you are already living a healthy life, Darja1981. Have a blessed weekend and thanks for visiting and sharing.

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      Sadheeskumar 5 years ago

      Great lens.Good advice.After reading i promised to make my life younger:-) I need to take care about my physical activities.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I like it very much. I see some interesting products here. I try to eat good food and relax with sport in the nature. I have my cat pet and I listen the music, then I am much more well and happier :)

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @ninakreativa: Thanks ninakreativa for your compliments on my lens and for your promise to pass on the lens for information. May you and all those who read this lens and use the information be blessed with good health and wellbeing.

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      ninakreativa 5 years ago

      This lens is really amazing, because it represents many facts and also offers very useful tips on how to age gracefully. I will write down the link to your lens and share it to others.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      With our with eternal youth obsessed society aging is becoming special sort of art. Thanks for your tips.

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      Tennyhawk 5 years ago

      You're absolutely right that health is multi-faceted, a combination of the physical, mental, and spiritual. A terrific read, as always. Thanks.

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      marketinguk lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. I think it's important to look after your mental heal first in order that your mindset is right to look after the rest of you.

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      treasuresabound 5 years ago

      Great lens! This is multi dimensional and really informative.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @squidoopets: Well you understand health and wellness, squidoopets! Thanks for visiting my lens and complimenting my style.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Love your vibrancy and enthusiasm! I am 41 and in my mind, still feel 14. It seems to show :)

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      smithjoness 5 years ago

      Thanks you lens is unique & informative

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

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      bestmom1 5 years ago

      Very nice and positive lens with a great feel to it. Great job!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @CuriousCraig2: Thanks CuriousCraig2 for visiting, commenting on and complimenting my lens 4 Health and Anti-Aging Secrets for Aging Gracefully. You are absolutely right about having a positive outlook on life also.

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      CuriousCraig2 5 years ago

      Great lens :) Aside from the nutrition and exercise, having a positive overall outlook on life helps out a lot. You just feel more comfortable in your own skin.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Thanks WriterJanice for visiting my lens and for your support of my advice. I just wish more people would practice it and reap the benefits of of total well-being.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very good advice.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @Camden1: Thanks Camden for visiting and commenting so wisely on my lens. The things I speak of are simple, easy, practical and inexpensive and most people dismiss them while searching for expensive outer solutions.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love that you focus on our inner health and well being - it definitely has an impact on how we age!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @neilwjsmith: You are welcome aussiescribe. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my lens.

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      Neil Walter Smith 5 years ago from Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments on 2 of my lenses. Like you I agree with the ideas you present on this lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @TonyPayne: Thanks for the compliments poddys.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent advice and a nicely put together lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @mrsclaus411: Thanks for visiting and squidliking my lenses "4 Health & Anti-aging Secrets for Aging Gracefully!" and "Promises from God for Single Women". As you use and incorporate these health and anti-aging secrets my your health be blessed!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Thanks for you Patische and MelonyVaughan for your positive comments. Pastiche you are doing great! You look good at 61. That is the whole point. Looking younger at any age is all that matters. May you both have a blessed week!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Excellent tips! It is so important to take care of your mind and, in turn, your body will be taken care of!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Thinking young and taking care of the whole person go far toward having a youthful appearance. I looked 10 years younger until menopause. I still look younger than my age (61) but there's only so much genetics and skin care can do. A youthful positive outlook and healthy lifestyle are definitely helpful to aging gracefully.