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Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit    by Victoria Moran order for
Younger by the Day
by Victoria Moran
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HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Moran offers her book as 'a daily guide to turning back the clock', with both practical instructions and inspirational words. She speaks humorously of turning the fifties corner into 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers in my own bedroom', and 'midlife brain fog'. She suggests daily readings of Younger by the Day, keeping a monthly keynote in mind, 'rejuvenating yourself with action', programming your mind with words, and setting aside monthly 'Play days'.

The January keynote is appropriately 'possibility' (rather than resolution) and December's is 'celebration'. For each day, Moran offers a focus, with anecdotes, inspirational ideas and suggested action. I like January 5's entry, 'A Circle of Friends', which suggests setting up a support group. Opening the book at random, I found 'Light Up Your Life' (which speaks of various ways to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder), 'Grin and Share It' (which quotes Mark Twain - 'Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been'), 'Outgrow Intimidation', 'The Bath as Therapy' (scrubbing and soaking), and (one I strongly believe in) 'Never Stop Dreaming'.

If you're at a stage of life that's getting you down, then Younger by the Day might help - it's full of common-sense advice about making the most of the life you have. Victoria Moran says, 'Life is either a thrilling adventure, or else it is aging', and advises us on how to keep living the adventure.

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