Did you know your beliefs about aging can have a direct impact on how long of a life you will live?
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Becca Levy and I chat about how our positive and negative beliefs about aging impact our health.
We also chat about what western cultures can learn from other cultures that celebrate growing old and living until old age, such as the famous blue zones.
Dr. Becca Levy, Ph.D., is an award-winning Yale Professor of Psychology and Global Health. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. She has been invited to testify before the United States Senate on the effects of ageism, contributed to briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases, and participated in United Nations discussions of ageism.
What we discuss:
04:00: Why did Dr. Levy get involved with the field of aging?
06:04: What is the connection between the mind and the body?
07:49: What is Dr. Levy’s definition of “the mind”?
08:45: Where do we think?
09:39: How can your beliefs about aging impact your health?
13:56: What is the difference between blue zones and westernized cultures in terms of aging?
17:07: How does someone’s idea of death affect their perception of aging?
19:22: What does the research say about thought-partnering and beliefs in relation to aging?
21:00: How to shift your beliefs about aging?
22:30: Do women face more pressure around aging than men?
24:32: Does Dr. Levy experience any negative beliefs around her age?
26:44: How can visualization of self-image help develop positive beliefs around aging?
28:12: What are things you can do to develop positive images of aging?
26:02: How can social media make you more prone to ageism?
32:51: How can people start changing the internal narratives they have?
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