Somewhere in the conversation, I said in polite jest, "Well, if you find the fountain of youth, please let me know!".
And he replied, "Oh, but I have..."
This is what he said:
One - Practice a variety of exercise. Don't stick with just one thing.
Two - Eat correctly.
Three - Read motivational books.**
Four - Volunteer, donate your time and energy; practice the principle of giving without the expectation of anything in return.
**As an avid book reader myself, I pursued the question of why motivational books? He felt motivational books were a better way to engage the mind and to better oneself. We discussed this further, to which I expressed the opinion that just the act of reading can be beneficial - one is still engaging the mind, but yet, for many of us, reading is a form of relaxation which is just as important in our hectic and overly busy worlds. And in a society where so many people just 'zone out' in front of the TV, I feel the act of turning OFF the TV and picking up any kind of literature is a start.
A fascinating discussion to be having on the end of one year, and on the cusp of the next. Simple, practical, doable.
Happy New Year!