Column by Jackie Silver This is the last in Jackie’s 7-part Aging Backwards series. And in the spirit of this final post, for all your wisdom, tips and insight, on behalf of Spa Week Daily and all our readers, we say a sincere and gracious thank YOU. You’ve probably heard the old cliché, “Beauty comes from within.” Newsflash, it’s not old – it’s timeless – and it’s not cliché. Beauty definitely radiates from the inside, out. Have you ever met someone you thought looked beautiful at first, but after talking to him or her for just a few minutes, you wonder why you thought this person was so beautiful? If you have, it could be because you were noticing that the individual did not radiate beauty from within. One way to cultivate and reveal inner beauty is to appreciate the world around you and the riches in your life, weather material or not. Grateful people are happy people. Happy people smile more. Smiling makes you look younger and prettier. It’s a beautiful cycle. Here are some Aging Backwards gratitude exercises to help you show off your inner glow: Focus on the positive. Happiness is a choice and I choose to be happy daily. According to psychological research, positive emotions are associated with greater creativity, increased problem-solving ability and greater overall success in life. Why not make a conscious decision to have a great day when you wake up in the morning? See what can happen… Give back. Studies show that people who volunteer on a regular basis are the healthiest and live the longest. There are sure to be organizations in your area that need volunteers year-round. Don’t know where to start? Check out VolunteerMatch to find a worthy cause in your local area. All you do is type in your zip code and VolunteerMatch will find organizations near you that would love your help. Meet The Gratidudes. These fantastic young men are spreading the word worldwide that an attitude of gratitude is cool! You won’t want to miss their Gratidude Dance! Start a gratitude journal. Writing down all the reasons you have to feel grateful every day or even just once a week can really lift your spirits. Seeing it all in one place always reminds me of how fortunate I am. It’s also handy on days when you might be feeling blue. Any time you need a little pick-me-up, you can get cozy on the couch, pick up your gratitude journal and be reminded of all the positives in your life. Tell someone how you feel. We’re so busy being productive individuals, which is a good thing, but sometimes we can take for granted those closest to us. Any time is the right time to express your appreciation for your loved ones and all the joy that they bring into your life. If you don’t feel comfortable telling someone face-to-face, why not buy or make a nice card or write a letter? In this digital age, most people don’t receive many cards and hand-written letters, so one from you would most likely be well-received. Jackie Silver is Aging Backwards and she shares her secrets, tips and shortcuts in her book, Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, on her website agingbackwards.com, on TV, on radio, in print and in person. She is a frequent television news guest, one half of The Ageless Sisters radio show, a columnist with The Tampa Tribune and contributor to numerous websites. In addition, she is the National Anti-Aging Beauty Examiner, New York Beauty Products Examiner and NY Charity Examiner for Examiner.com. Silver is a New York City based speaker and coach and is sought-after as an anti-aging and beauty expert by the media.