A few weeks ago I volunteered in the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation booth at the AARP Ideas@50 conference doing memory screenings for all who visited the booth. I met and spoke to so many kinds of people from vast and varied backgrounds. Each, without regard to background or education level, was worried about memory – not all for the same reasons but all genuinely concerned.
Here was my message to them and now, to you. Fill your life with things that keep you active, make you want to stay involved, challenge you to do and be more, and make you smile. Amplify your experiences by infusing more of everything that feels good. Make each and every everyday task a fuller, richer sensory experience and you will, without question, enhance the quality of your life. Be happier, smile more, feel hopeful, and dive into the sensory experiences in your life and…the rest will follow.
Let’s dive in just a bit more deeply.
Music fills my life and fuels my brain like nothing else. It engages my senses, transports me in time and space and fires emotions. Music can help me look at life through a different lens and can actually change how I feel. How many times have you put on music to lift your mood or change your outlook? I rely on music to help me remove obstacles, change my perspective, and find my way to answers big and small. How many passive activities — just sitting back and listening — can do that? Now that is real power.
I can amplify that experience even more by engaging more actively! Dancing (yep, chair dancing does count) fires up those pathways that send messages to the rest of my body. Dancing also involves coordination, balance, and timing so, even more than running on the elliptical (my addiction) or resistance training, dancing involves higher thinking processes.
On those days where I know I need a real brain booster and mood lifter I sing, reading the lyrics as I go! Ready for an exhilarating, smile inducing brain workout? Prepare to fire up your language centers and workout your smile muscles! Here are some of my favorite perspective changing sing-a-long songs (with lyrics included).
When the world is spinning out of control and I need to find some hope, this song lifts me up. See if any of the words, as you sing a long, surprise you, move you, or change your perspective.
How about multi-tasking? Singing, dancing, and smiling!
Sweet memories with this one. A few of the lyrics are not what I remembered!!
What song makes you smile, inspires you, makes you want to move? Look it up on YouTube, type “lyrics” behind the title and sing a long!