A WINTER’S DAY BECKONS SENIORSDec 23rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Dr Jerry Elrod's Senior Moments Blog
Senior Happiness in a Winter’s Day
It is one of those remarkable winter days when the sun is out, the leaves still spin from tree to earth, the temperature is reasonably inviting, the crisp air is refreshing and everything, including your pets, urges us to be out of doors. Out of doors: literally, away from walls, no longer confined, tempted to be childlike and roll in the leaves.
So why not, before the afternoon shadows grow longer and the day’s beauty is stolen by the coming of night, and the sun quits its daily chores. Why not spend the day, or as much of it as you can, on yourself? And, if you are so inclined, invite someone along who will enjoy sharing the rich loveliness of an afternoon with you. Take along a thermos. Fill it with something hot or cold, whatever your pleasure. Slip a few home-baked goodies in your satchel. Sit under a mighty tree, smell the world about you, take in the magnificence of a winter’s day.
Happiness Leads to Good Health
Such occasions create happiness. Happiness is a major contributor to health. Research over the past few decades demonstrate over and over again how a happy contented life leads to a strong cardiovascular system, good digestion, endorphin-popping brain health and a physical body that remains strong. The body-mind-spirit triangle of health is undisputed in modern times. Good Health is a priority, and keeping ourselves that way, means we will have more days like this one to savor and treasure, to enjoy and linger over.
As you drink from your thermos, make a toast for the things that make life worth living, for friends and family who enrich us, for experiences, like these, that give life its deepest meaning and celebrate what the gift of a winter’s day can bring.