This morning while waiting for a faculty member at the NS Palya campus of Alliance University, Bangalore, after taking a morning class for the executive MBA students, I met an elderly person, who was enquiring for another faculty member. I casually entered into a conversation with him, enquiring where he was coming from and what is the purpose of his visiting our University.
His secret to good health was very simple, just three secrets :
1. keeping an active and positive mind and body,
2. practicing yoga on a daily basis and
3. doing something good for society and young people.
He told me how he is on the board of at least four NGOs and finds great satisfaction and pleasure in helping the needy, aged and less fortunate people around him.
Keeping oneself busy with a positive life, (no smoking, drinking etc..), philanthropic actions benefiting society, practicing yoga, eating in moderation and trying to teach others Financial Management, he gets great satisfaction in using his talent to enrich the society around him.
I am reminded of my father aged 92 (a B.Com graduate of the 40s from SH College, Thevara, Ernakulam) who even to this day keeps reading The Hindu newspaper in great detail, a practice he started at a very young age.Even to this day, when I engage in some conversation with my father, I am delighted to know the authority and command he has on the subject and knowledge in the area. The extra reading and learning is helping him keep young in spirit and thoughts even though he is running 93, has physically reduced his food intake much. He does not smoke nor drink, consumes less non-veg food except for occasional fish, with regular and daily exercises and short noon walks.
1. be positive in thoughts and actions,
2. engage in some activities benefiting society for example, helping an NGO,
3. do a little bit of yoga or walking exercises,
4. control your food intake,
5. keep your brain active with some reading and writing or even teaching,
all these will make your old age much more healthy, jolly, pleasant and beneficial to the society.