Health and Wellness: Expectations and Attitudes

With each edition we would like to share illustrations from David Beards great little book called, “If I’d only known I’d live this long”.

There is no doubt that a sense of humour is a prerequisite to successfully growing old. Either you get upset, or you can laugh about the changes and troubles that comes your way.

Comedian #GeorgeBurns was a great example, he remarked how relieved he was to get to 100, since very few people died over that age!

Being able to laugh, especially at yourself, is one of the most important skills to develop as you get older. If you have a friend or friends that make you laugh, try and spend as much time as you can with them.

A good belly laugh every day is a great exercise and gives your internal chemistry a boost.

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.”

David’s is a highly qualified exercise physiologist, speaker and presenter specialising in aging and wellbeing. His series of humorous illustration that are through out the book highlights his serious message that health is our greatest asset in old age and that your attitude makes the difference between thriving and surviving. Further details about David can be found at and


He who laughs lasts ...

He who laughs...lasts humorous image