UPDATED June 5th, 2018
Raise your hand if you want to feel 10 years younger. Be honest. No one wants to get older. Well, maybe you did when you were 15 and you desperately wanted to drive, be independent, have boobs and buy alcohol. But these days, no one wants to feel old—and frankly, all of us would love to feel 10 years younger. And while we can’t turn back the hands of time, we can certainly help you embrace the parts of your life that make you feel happy, youthful and alive. And don’t worry–we understand that you don’t want to revisit middle school (neither do we).
While a lot of the symptoms of aging are caused by the physical changes in your body, there’s a big mental piece to the aging equation as well. As the NY Times reports, according to Jacqui Smith, a psychologist at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, “this concept of how you feel about your age is so important and defines, in a way, how we act. If you self-define yourself as someone who is old, then you probably act that way.” So is it that simple? If you decide to act young, will you feel young? We’re not suggesting you deny the fact that you are aging, but maybe if you choose to enjoy certain activities that make you feel joy and freedom like you did as a child, you will instantly feel a burst of youth. What do you have to lose? Here are 7 ways to feel younger right now.