My next memorable experience was seeing a photo of myself doing a cross-country run when I was in my 40s. The photographer took me by surprise and the result was a picture of me looking as grim as I felt. You could have pinned it up in a Police station with the caption: "Wanted. This woman is on the run and is dangerous. Do not approach!" it was that bad. I looked so old and haggard that after that I always ran with a smile on my face. Even when I was feeling weary towards the end of the London Marathon, I managed to smile when I saw my friend, and the resulting photo was surprisingly good considering I had reached mile 18.
These experiences taught me one important lesson about getting old: smile and you instantly look years younger. Eventually you end up with the face you deserve, so if you are always friendly and smile at people at least any lines will be laughter lines. You may not be able to afford or even want a face lift, but if you smile at people your eyes look brighter, your face is instantly uplifted and you look a lot younger. Not only that, it makes you feel good and it makes other people feel even better. Plus - an additional bonus for those of us who are no longer earning money - a smile costs nothing! Please share your own anti-ageing tips with us, especially those that don't involve spending lots of money on expensive creams.
|Michelle Obama not looking too happy!|
|Michelle looking her usual lovely self!|