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How to Think Yourself Younger: The Surprising Study That Will Show You How

Anti aging

In 1979, an incredible anti-aging study was done.

Have you ever wondered how some people who are 60 seem to be as strong as an ox?

As limber as a gymnast?

As sharp as a young college student?

And then there are some 35 year olds are so sluggish, who appear (and act) twice their age?

I became curious, does your thinking have power over your aging, and if so, how much?

Can we control it?

A surprising study was done asking this exact same question.

The Incredible Study

In 1979, Dr. Ellen Langer designed a week-long experiment with a group of 75 year old men.

They men weren’t told many details about the study- they were just told they’d be going away on a retreat for about a week at a retreat center.

They were not allowed to bring any pictures, newspapers or books dated later than 1959.

Once the men arrived at the study, they were told that for the next week they had to pretend that it was 1959 – a time when these men were 55 years old.

And to make the entire situation more believable, they were encouraged to dress and act like their younger selves , and were even given ID badges with pictures of their 55 year old selves.

They were told to talk about president Eisenhower, and other world events that happened around this time, and magazine issues from 1959 like Life were posted around the experiment area.

So the entire experiment was designed to make them really commit to the idea that they were really living back in 1959.

The Crazy Experiment Results

Before the retreat, the men were tested in many various aspects of their health that got worse with age:

  • Physical strength
  • Posture
  • Perception
  • Reaction time
  • Short term memory
  • Eyesight

After the study, most of the men had improved in every single category.

They were more flexible, had better posture, improved hand strength.

Their eyesight even improved by an average of 10%, as well as their memory.

Over 50% actually went up in intelligence.

Here’s the best part:

They took pictures before and after the experiment, and they showed the pictures to strangers.

Guess what they noticed?

Random people were asked to observe the age of these men, and the men looked, on average, three years younger than when they arrived.

How to Apply This to Reverse the Aging Process

So we know, without a doubt, that your thoughts affect your reality.

We know that if you think you can become smarter, you will become smarter.

If you think your situation is bad (no matter how it may be objectively) it becomes bad.

So how can we use this to actually get healthier or younger?

Here are my two suggestions:

  1. You become what you think about
  2. Act how you want to feel

You become what you think about.

How often have you said to yourself, “oh man, I feel old. I’m getting old. I have so many problems. I have so many health issues now. My knees ache, my back hurts, and I need pepto-bismol every time I eat.”

STOP the self talk that describes you as old – this sounds woowoo, but there’s so much science behind this now it’s scary.

Just like we know that describing ourselves as happy actually makes us happier, if you describe yourself as healthy, happy and young – you’re making real changes.

That’s how we all know someone who is 80 or even 90 with a very young, child-like spirit, with tons of energy and vitality – they’ve made a choice to view life as an adventure, rather than a drudgery.

If you currently describe yourself as old, sick and weak, start describing yourself as the opposite: “I’m strong as an ox, I can out compete a college kid, I’ve got more energy than a kid on Christmas morning!”

It’s not really a secret that the healthiest, fittest people that maintain good health into old age constantly have this “I’m young at heart” mindset and self-talk.

Act how you want to feel.

A classic reason people come to me or join one of my programs is that they have low energy, which makes it incredibly hard for them to accomplish anything throughout the day.

But here’s the thing: a very large part of low energy is psychological, think about it:

  • Ever get low energy being forced to go to church as a kid?
  • Do you feel exhausted showing up to your day job, but as soon as you get in the car to leave at 5 you’re peppy as a schoolgirl?
  • Do you experience fatigue almost every day, but once you get on vacation, it magically disappears?

Try an experiment for 30 days

Just pretend you have insane energy.

Pretend you just slept 10 hours, drank a double coffee, and went for a run.

Just pretend – and see what happens. You’ll quickly see that your energy is off the charts, all because you pretended you had high energy.

And, also describe yourself to others as having high energy. “My energy has been amazing lately, I don’t have any low energy problems.” What you talk about, you start believing.

You become what you think about.

– Alex

Please leave a comment below – what’s one change you’re going to make regarding how you describe yourself?

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Original study: Langer, E. (2009). Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possiblity. New York: Ballantine.

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8 comments… add one

  1. I have read about that study before and I LOVE it! I hit the big six-o last year but refuse to attach that number to myself. I tell myself I’m 40 all the time. People who know me are usually surprised when they learn my age so I guess on some level it’s working. I’m an avid cyclist and honestly feel like a kid again every time I get on my bike.

    1. Hey Deane !

      Haha yeah I was just re-reading “The happiness advantage” and figured this would be a great study to share.

      ” People who know me are usually surprised when they learn my age so I guess on some level it’s working. I’m an avid cyclist and honestly feel like a kid again every time I get on my bike.”

      Totally! When I was working in Fiji for a summer I lead some tourists on a hike – among them was a 79 year old man. Climbing up a steep, muddy hill he slipped and rolled about 20 feet down the hill… and I thought he died so I ran down to help him. He literally threw me off him, and told me he wasn’t a kid.

      hah! The body is amazing if you treat it right.

  2. Hi Alex

    Greetings from a mere youth of 69 and 9 months. I have an artificial Aortic heart valve and a Stoma!

    Just off now to take “Beattie”, my dog, for a 2 miler through the woods
    near my home.

    As the great Clint Eastwood says “Age is only a number!”

    1. Amen Dave :-). One of my neighbors is close to 90, and i’ve never seen her WITHOUT a smile. She’s lived alone and never married… and yet she’s the happiest person I know. I asked her what her “secret” was, and she said “So much to learn! So much to experience.”

  3. Hi Alex:
    1° thank U for this wonderful article.
    I tell You my story.
    I’m pretending to be 16 because when I actually was 16
    my mother did not let me be my self (Im a transexual girl)
    & I’m so sad because I started Hormonal Reasigment Theraphy
    & my body started to experiment puberty again but my face looks
    older to others not for me, I don’t have a group of teens to live again teenage as a girl & be ale to let my self superate this period of my life.
    I work hard every day to look 16, I dress like a college girl whena I go to work & University, work hard in gym, etc, but everything fall down when sb ask me ho old I’m, I say 16 but they dont believe it, humillate me & argue that is not right to try to live teenage again. By th other hand I just pretend to be a teenager girl just fisycally then I’m not inmature, I just Wanna my body again, a part of my life that was stolen, missing, killed :'(
    Thank a Lot Solveig Fedeksson

  4. I’ve been living this way all my life! I’m 69 next week and go to boot camp three mornings a week. I firmly believe nothing is outside my capabilities. This year I’ve flown a Tiger Moth; swum on the Great Barrier Reef; had a Singapore Sling in Raffles; walked the 8 mile backstreets of London walk etc etc etc. Life is for the living, it is a huge adventure and I embrace it full time.

    1. Love this attitude Mary Ann. It’s people like you, by far, that have the best quality of life – and it all originates with the mindset!

      1. I realised when I was 30, first big age milestone, that life could slip by in a plethora of wet nappies and school runs and decided I would try out/start something new every year, for me. I have noticed that people who don’t ‘keep up’ get into a negative mind set. I avoid them now, I used to try and enliven their lives but it never worked and tended to pull me down. It is great when I met people who haven’t lost their ‘get up and go’ and are game for anything!


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