Being Positive is Powerful


I would like to thank followers of the Refined by Age blog for bearing with me during what turned into a “positive aging pinning period.” I know pins are not posts, but after I wrote the  post, “The Power of Perspective,” my mind kept manufacturing positive, pro-aging pins.

I believe this pinning period was influenced by Mother Teresa’s quote in that post, “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” It was then I decided I was going to speak out more for positive aging than anything else.

It was the strangest experience. Shortly after I wrote the post, pithy pin ideas would come to me in the shower, be inspired by a contact on LinkedIn, or simply come out of nowhere. Needless to say, my recent “positive aging pinning period” seemed effortless and full of the creative spark that comes when I feel passionate about something. My thoughts became like a “pinball” machine that was being fed quarters, and out would roll another pin.

It’s interesting to observe, in retrospect, how one thing leads to another. It is the same principle that having a positive attitude about your own aging process has on your life. A positive mindset starts a whole series of significant events that actually helps you live up to 7.5 years longer (Becca Levy, Yale University Research, 2002).

Acceptance of your aging process with a positive attitude is like the first in a series of falling dominoes – in a positive way. This attitude, like the first falling domino, then touches off a positive behavior in order to age well, then another, and another, and so on. Before you know it, you’re well on your way to becoming Refined by Age instead of defined by societies entrenched negative stereotypes of aging.

Thanks for taking this amazing journey with me. Here’s to the positive things in life  through all our ages, and especially to becoming Refined by Age.

To see all the positive aging pins I’ve designed and collected in one place just click here. Check back often as the site will be growing.


  1. I thoroughly enjoy your blog so thank you for the good times and I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award.


    • Wow! Thanks, Harlon. I’ll have to see if I can meet all the rules. I follow some blogs, but 15 is a lot for me right now. All the best, Kathy


  2. Your cause is a noble one. You will get the appreciation you deserve, and so will the older generation. Positivity is a wonderful piece of advice.


    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Christopher. We all have a calling, if only we’d listen to what that is. Best, Kathy


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