7 Books That'll Improve Your Feelings About Aging

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7 Books That Will Change the Way You Feel About Aging

There are so many wonderful reasons why getting older is a positive part of life. Some are lucky enough that they no longer have to work and can enjoy retirement. Others, might get to spend time with family or grandchildren everyday. But mostly, you don't have to take shit from that many people, and wow, what's that like?

There does happen to be a stigma around aging. But there shouldn't be! Sure bodies change, but you're wiser than a majority of the population and have gotten through the ups and downs of life. You've learned from experiences and get to share wisdom to younger generations, unsolicited or not.

So, if you're scared of aging or refuse to accept it, these seven books about aging will convince you otherwise. This part of life should be celebrated, not criticized. The following authors do a great job of reminding you to be thankful for the life you had but more importantly, get excited for what's in store.

1. I Remember Nothing

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The exquisite Nora Ephron will make you laugh your head off with her stories, and grievances about aging. Her wisdom, bluntness, and criticisms will remind you that aging is inevitable so you might as well do it with a sense of humor.

2. Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

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This eloquent and beautiful story will leave you with a newfound appreciation for aging and life itself. Penelope Lively recounts age and time and the advantages that come with both. A beloved writer, Lively will move you in this elegant memoir.

3. Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women's Well-Being and Lengthen Their Lives -- Without Raising the Risk of Breast Cance

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There are lots of myths and misconceptions when it comes to women's health, and hormones are one of them. When the Women's Health Initiative announced that hormone replacement therapy showed an uptick in breast cancer, hormones were deemed a carcinogen and left in the dust. Now, medical oncologist, Dr. Bluming and social psychologist, Dr. Tavris debunk a pesky rumor that can help women benefit from necessary treatments.

4. The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older

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Aging gracefully might seem like an impossible task but it doesn't have to be. In The Grace in Aging the reader can have some peace of mind about aging and maybe lighten up on each other and ourselves. Author, Kathleen Dowling Singh sets out to guide individuals through growing old with wisdom, perspective, and spirituality.

5. From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older

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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi fear aging, death and dying. So much so he set out to overcome his fears and turned them into something positive. From studying with Sufi masters to being taught by Native-American shamans, he accepted aging and found joy during his aging process. Now, he's sharing his wisdom with readers and urging us to live in the moment while appreciating what life has offered us.

6. I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation

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Ilchi Lee explains his path to longevity and mastering life, all 120 years of it. Through stories and experiences Lee will inspire you to seek a healthier lifestyle, so that you can enjoy retirement and life, longer than you ever thought was possible. Thanks to ancient Korean mind-body tradition, you'll be learning how to extend your life with true meaning.

7. The Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

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I got excited when I read the title, thinking that maybe it was a play by play of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle but I stand corrected. Author, Ashton Applewhite explains the history of ageism and why children are taught that wrinkles are shameful and old people are "useless". After you're done reading it, hand it to someone under the age of thirty to spread the news that old people are functioning members of society. Duh!

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