44 minutes | Oct 17th 2020

Noelle Nelson -- Why Optimism is So Crucial, Even When It’s Tough

Since 2016, Dr. Noelle Nelson, who is the author of “Happy Healthy…Dead”, has been posting stories about older folks (she calls them Amazings) on a Facebook page "Meet The Amazings." These are older adults who have achieved impressive feats or are living truly fulfilling lives. She's featured almost 450 of these folks. As our older population grows, Dr. Nelson believes it's important (and inspiring) for all of us to realize that accomplished older individuals are everywhere and making a positive impact on their community. She's found a common thread in all—they see the value of continued learning, exercise, and most importantly, putting positive emotions such as appreciation, gratitude and optimism to work. As a side note, Dr. Nelson is 72. She's a competitive ballroom dancer (she started at 70). Prior to the pandemic, she took two ballroom dance classes and two ballet classes a week and still regularly works out. She's authored over a dozen books and she's a trial consultant with clients around the U.S. Find out more about NoelleNelson.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.