We can't stop time, but there is evidence that a positive attitude can delay the signs of aging. In a study conducted by psychologist Becca Levy, PhD at Yale University in the late 1990's she found that people with positive views on aging lived an average of 7.6 years longer than those with negative views.
It is common knowledge today that bad eating habits and lack of exercise contribute substantially to poor health. But it is much less accepted that a poor attitude can affect the quality of life or even shorten life expectancy.
It's a conscious choice to react in a positive way to life's challenges.
Everyone experiences negative events, how we choose to react to
them differs from person to person and from event to event. A person
struck with bad pains in their knee after exercising may react by
saying, "Every time I try to do something good for my body something
happens to me."
Another will react to the same situation by saying, "I'll have to find a different type of exercise, one that doesn't put as much pressure on my knee." Both persons experience the same event, but one uses the experience to motivate him/herself and the other gives up. Successful aging depends on a positive attitude. Maintaining a sense of humor, being determined, and learning to live with certain changes are all part of making a positive choice to stay healthy, fit and active.