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5 Simple rules for feeling younger

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Feel fabulous at any age

No one loves the idea of wrinkles or a less-than-glowing complexion, but what about feeling younger? Forget lotions and potions. We're here with tips to help you feel fabulous at any age. Trust us: The youthful glow will follow.

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1Spend time with your friends.

There's nothing more uplifting or energizing than spending time with your gal pals. Keeping in touch with your best friends on a regular basis not only provides you with a great sounding board but also means you'll be having fun! And the more fun you're having, the younger you feel. It really is that simple: having people around whom you love (and who love you) helps you appreciate life and live it to the fullest.

2Get moving.

We all know working out is good for our health and that it can help us look good, but it can also help us feel good. Whether you love the gym or would rather hit the trails, do laps in the pool or try a hip hop dance class, getting sweaty will boost your energy levels and give you a natural (and not to mention youthful) glow. The more you move, the better you'll feel about yourself. When those exercise-induced endorphins kick in from your kickboxing class, you'll feel so good that anti-aging serums will be the last thing on your mind.

3Give back.

Whether you volunteer at the local soup kitchen or spend an afternoon working with Habitat for Humanity, doing something positive for someone else is a great way to forget about wrinkles and focus on something that really matters. Obsessing about your looks and whether you spied another gray hair are not a good use of your time. Give yourself a healthy dose of perspective by focusing your time on someone or something else for a change. Being a part of something bigger than you is an important factor in feeling youthful and energized.

4Love yourself.

Stop criticizing yourself and love the body you were given. Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations about how wonderful you are. The face you're looking at is the one your mother loves, that your boyfriend can't get enough of and your friends want to see every day. Focus on your great laugh, and the fact that you got your Dad's nose and your Grandmother's long neck. Forget about wrinkles, and just feel good about who you are.

5Appreciate all you have.

Gratitude is an important part of feeling good about yourself -- and in turn, feeling younger. It's so easy to lose sight of what really matters and instead focus on the little things, such as frown lines. Rather than contemplate Botox, make a list of everything in your life that you love. From your pets to your health to your best friends, make sure everything gets on the list. In fact, do this every day for a week; when you look back at your list, wrinkles will be the furthest thing from your mind.

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