But if asked, "Do you want to grow old?" The answer is a resounding "No!"
The new book "Happy, Healthy...Dead: Why What You Think You Know About Aging is Wrong and How to Get It Right" by Dr. Noelle Nelson, looks at what individuals can do to enjoy their later years to the fullest instead of bemoaning each waking day.
"You really can't hope to experience a long, happy life without growing older. It's a fact of life," says Nelson. "But here's the problem: our mental picture of life over 75 is pathetic. And over 80, 90, 100---even worse. We like the idea of living a long, happy life, but no one wants to grow old. Old age scares the heck out of us."
Nelson contends that we all have the capacity to live happier and healthy lives as we age. She provides a roadmap through an assortment of tips, tools and techniques for everyday life situations.
Step away from comparing yourself to others. Focus on your talents, skills and behaviors that you are proud of. Appreciate how very valuable they are to you, how meaningful they are to your home life, your work, your relationships. Tend to your mental, emotional and physical well-being by being grateful for your skills and talents.
Be grateful you are you! It's a much surer road to happiness, and wonderful for your happy, healthy longevity.