Youthful State of Mind: 5 Reasons Why People Look Young

Happy senior couple talking a walk in the park.

You can look young even when you're old if you learn how to cultivate a youthful outlook on life. (Image: Kurhan via Dreamstime)

Have you noticed that some people who are young look old, while others who are old look young? Let’s see why this may be.

Your state of mind determines your appearance. There is a poem by Samuel Ullman (1840-1924) titled Youth that says: “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips, and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.”

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5 reasons people look young

1. Character and mood

A person’s character, bearing, mindset, and mood are always reflected in their appearance. There are two useless things in this world — anger and complaining. Many times, the appearance of aging and gloominess is caused by anger. In order to look young, you must discard these.

Forget what needs to be forgotten and let go of what needs to be let go. Be less fussy and calmer. If you have a pleasant outlook on life, then life will treat you gently.

When you have no pent-up frustrations in your heart, your eyebrows relax and there are fewer worry lines on your face. When you exude tenderness in your eyes, you will look young, comfortable, and at ease.

Young charming girl with dark hair, blue eyes, and clean smooth skin smiles broadly.
When you have no pent-up frustrations in your heart, your eyebrows relax and there are fewer worry lines on your face. (Image: Svitlana Barsukova via Dreamstime)

2. Self-discipline

After the age of 30, if you still want to spend your life chasing after the things you desire, you must pay the price.

A person’s face is the outward representation of their values. It not only reflects your life, but it also reflects your pursuit of life. The degree of your self-discipline is equivalent to the degree of a shapely figure

Within your self-discipline, there lies your pursuit of a higher life.

3. Initiative and active engagement

People who take the initiative in life and those who just passively go along reacting to life have different mental outlooks.

On the faces of people who are actively engaged in life, you can see a thriving vitality. There is enthusiasm for life in their eyes. It is confidence and determination that makes people burst with energy beyond their age.

4. Constantly learning keeps you young

To stay young, first, maintain good posture, and second, cultivate inner qualities and broaden your horizons by constantly learning.

No matter how old you are, refuse to give in to old age. Instead, stay passionate about life, keep learning, develop hobbies, and improve yourself continuously.

Whether it is by reading, studying a foreign language, or being exposed to new things, only by constantly improving yourself can you enrich your spiritual world, broaden your horizons, and have more confidence to face the ups and downs of life.  

Instructor helps an older female use a computer in the library.
Only by constantly improving yourself can you enrich your spiritual world, broaden your horizons, and have more confidence to face the ups and downs of life. (Image: Monkey Business Images via Dreamstime)

5. Inner beauty

In The Beautification of a Favorite Concubine, Song Yu said: “The lady of my Eastern household, if she adds one point, she grows taller, if she subtracts one point, she becomes shorter, if she wears powder, she becomes too white, if she uses vermilion, she becomes too red…”

What is pleasing to the eye may be a well-adorned appearance, but what makes a person enjoyable to be around for a long time is more due to their refined speech and elegant upbringing.

Words have weight

A person’s speech can better reflect their beauty than a mirror, for it is a reflection of what’s on the inside. In life, words have weight. They reveal the level of your emotional intelligence along with the quality of you as a person.

Appropriate humor

Joking is meant to make people happy, not anger them. The difference between laughter and ridicule is that there is warmth in the way of expressing the same words. 

Acting with moderation

To be a human being, you must understand the differences between superiors and inferiors, elders and juniors, and close versus distant relationships. A truly cultured person understands that no matter how familiar or close with others you are, you should not lose your sense of propriety.

Acting with moderation and respecting others lets you live with dignity and look young.

Being a virtuous person

In life, the most impressive thing for a person is not their appearance, but their elegant speech; the most precious thing is not wealth, but a noble character.

Translated by Joseph Wu

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