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Are You Aging or Sage-ing?

Recently I participated in an interview for a documentary on the subject of aging. “Is 60 really the new 40?”  It reminded me of a class I took in college where we explored the theory that what you believe about aging, your expectations, will determine what your experience of aging will be. Do we have to accept the notion that aging must involve deterioration of body and mind? I’ve always said that I will never let an old person into my body. That is, I don’t believe in “thinking” old.

Although I’ve transitioned through many bodies—a baby, toddler, child, teen, young adult, mid-life and older adult—my spirit is unchanged. I support my body with exercise, my mind with reading and writing, and my spirit with the knowing that I am part of the Divine source of all life. Don’t program yourself to break down as you age with thoughts that decline is inevitable.

On October 8th, one of my greatest role models will celebrate her 85th birthday. The beautiful, vibrant, sprightly, wise, and witty Louise Hay. Louise has been celebrating her life ever since she discovered at around 40 years old that your thoughts can change the way you experience things. Want more happiness, peace, joy, health, love, and abundance in your life? Think on these things.

Louise says, “I return to the basics of life: forgiveness, courage, gratitude, love, and humor.” Using these principles in the form of daily positive affirmations, it is possible to program your thoughts and transform your life. We are connected to a Source of infinite love within that we can use to heal our lives and help others do the same. Louise teaches mirror work—looking at yourself with love and gratitude always. Giving back, moving ahead, loving life, learning, and growing—this is Louise’s program for a long and happy experience here on this earthly plane. At almost 85, Louise is in the midst of the kind of active and vital life that comes from being hopeful, grateful, and ready to smile.

Happy Birthday, Louise, and many more to come!

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Elizabeth Holloway says:

I personally feel that 50, 60, 70, 80 and even 90 is much younger now than when I was a kid. Is that just my perception ? Thanks Dr. Dyer.

Ivana says:

WHen you visit Zagreb!!
I love your book…Thank you..

Shubha says:

I became a Counselling Psychologist at the age of forty to accomplish the purpose of my birth. I am mesmerized by The Power of intention and Inspiration. you have brought Heaven on Earth for me…Thank you for being born. I love you. And I love Louise too.

Shubha says:

Dear Wayne, I love you so much ! Sometimes you remind me of my Dad, sometimes you are my friend. But most of the times you are my Guru. You were always there with me since last 17 years. You will see it when you believe it is my bible. I could not understand many of your concepts, but I kept on reading and started understanding as I was growing.

Shubha says:

Happy Birthday Louise… Louise, you are a Darling ! I “prescribe” You can heal your Life to all my female clients as it has been translated in the vernacular language.

Cory Dolling says:

I lost my job. I was depressed at 57. But I have jumped out of the “hole”. Started my own little businesses, quit smoking 10 months ago and have lost 12 of the 25 pounds I put on. I turned 60 in September. I went into 60 a non-smoker – I will be fit again. I will not stress over retirement and am working on 60 being a great year. Thank you!

Ria says:

Very inspirational.

Monica says:

Dear Dr. Dyer,
I became you fan since I learned about you through PBS. I introduced you to my husband and now he became your fan as well.
I REALLY wish my husband and I could meet you some day.
I checked your schedule and it seems you are not coming to Japan. By any chance, will you come to Tokyo?
Let us know, please.
May God bless you!
Moni :0)

Verna Bowen, Calgary says:

You have inspired me! I run an inspirational group for women in Calgary. One of the messages on my “Natural Inspirations Cards” is this: “I refuse to grow old; I choose to age like fine wine!” I love what you posted here! Louise Hay’s Birthday is one day after my mom’s, who turns 89 this year! Happy Birthday, Louise Hay! MANY BLESSINGS!

Barbara Gallucci says:

You have certainly helped change my thoughts and changed my life! When I read that Louise Hay was taking dance lessons at 80 I thought, why not get certified to teach yoga, and I diid! You are such a source of inspiration to so many. I am grateful to you and to Louise Hay.


Marcy Manniko says:

Twenty years ago I read my very first Dyer book. You showed me how to enrich my life forever. Happy Birthday To Louise Hay! A beautiful soul.

sheil says:

I am 65 and have recently taken off 80 lbs. simply because I don’t want to deteriorate…now: lots of cycling, yoga, sex, walking. I’m an artist and will always be aware of my childlike spirit. Thank you for shining the healing light on this aging process. – Sheil

Mika says:

Happy Birthday Louise. =)

catherine says:

luv you, Dr. Dyer

Pina says:

Beautiful words, as always, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful evening in Montreal! I just want share the fact that On October 8, I too will be celebrating my Birthday, (50) How cool is that!!!!!

Cheryl Lyons says:

“I return to the basics of life: forgiveness, courage, gratitude, love, and humor. Using these principles in the form of daily positive affirmations, it is possible to program your thoughts and transform your life.” What a powerful statement by Louise and SO TRUE! Returning to the basics of life can change your whole world! Thank you!!


Always grateful for your words of wisdom. I can’t wait to read your upcoming book “Wishes Fulfilled” – many thanks and tons of LOVE <3 you Dr. Dyer. ~ Valerie ~