06/08/2011 08:22 am ET | Updated Aug 08, 2011

20 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Age Gracefully

"Old" has more to do with the way a person acts, thinks and lives than with a number. Pay attention to the age labels you stick on yourself.

Seemingly small things can stack up against us and before you know it, we will be one of the "elderly" -- regardless of our age. Because our words, thoughts and actions create our reality, decide today that you will change them if you have fallen into that old age trap. Are you ready to overturn years of thinking and being told -- directly and indirectly -- that you are less valuable as you grow older? It's never too late (or too soon!) to become ageless.

Here are things you can be doing to peel off the old age labels today.

Pat Montandon founded the international foundation Children as the Peacemakers and has made 37 trips around the world with young children, meeting with world leaders in 26 countries. She is the author of six books, including "Whispers From God: A Life Beyond Imaginings." Read her blog on Red Room.