6. All the vitamins and supplements in the world won't make up for lost REM. Sleep early and sleep often.
7. And in your waking hours, try to have sex. I know, I know, we work, we raise families, we attend Lululemon mega sample sales—there's not a lot left over at the end of a high-stress day. But it doesn't have to be the rip-off-my-lace-panties-with-your-teeth-and-ravage-me-on-high-thread-count-sheets kind of sex. Nobody needs to pretend they're part of Cirque du Soleil, for God's sake. Just floss, spend the $7.99 on Hulu Plus (to watch Stephen Colbert at your leisure), and shoot for something in vanilla.
8. Fact: You're going to get laugh lines. Make sure a few of them actually come from laughing.
9. Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you an excellent therapist/masseuse/colorist, who can in turn help you through the stuff that weighs you down/knots you up/turns you gray. If you can't afford a session with the shrink, at least consider a session with John Frieda, LCSW.
10. Two more words: dimmer switch.
11. Consider the poet Mary Oliver's brilliant advice: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Maybe more than anything else, having a passion that goes the distance is the key to staying young.
Lisa Kogan is the author of the book Someone Will Be with You Shortly and a writer at O, The Oprah Magazine.
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