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You're Only Young Twice: 10 Do-Overs to Reawaken Your Spirit [Paperback]

Ronda Beaman


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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: VanderWyk & Burnham; 1st edition (25 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188924225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889242255
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,560,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The science of growing young (neoteny) underpins this book about maintaining or rediscovering ten youthful traits in ourselves as we age. The traits are resilience, optimism, wonder, curiosity, joy, humor, musicality (song and dance), work, play, and learning. Across all, there is love. The reader is encouraged to keep a "Young Twice Chronicle" for recording thoughts and outcomes as the book suggests do-overs and other activities for growing young-from the inside out.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting it into perspective 15 Jan 2007
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As I was headed into my fifties, I was feeling a bit of disconnect between how I was feeling about myself and how a `fifty year old should act.' While I feel quite youthful, the mirror now shows me that the reality is different, Ronda's book helped me to put my own age and mortality into a different perspective.

As noted in her book by one of her many scientific resources, Mihaly Csikezentmihalya states that "negative, unproductive or harmful memes" (an imprint of sorts) "about growing older, we harm not only ourselves; we harm the potential development of future generation." In essence, our attitudes not only have a direct impact about how we are `being' in the world, it further impacts our children (via imprints). I want my children to know that they can lead a vital and full life throughout.

While this book has a basis of research supporting Ronda's assertions, it is not a research text. It is a well-written discussion of the possibilities that aging can bring to a person. This book also looks at the social stigmas of aging and examines other promising contexts from which to operate. Given the current state of our society's beliefs and assumptions about getting older, I refuse to adopt the typical negative image of someone moving forward in life.

Ronda ... Thanks for your work on this book. By the way, I am buying a banjo because, yes, I always wanted to give this a try. Your book has inspired me to try several other things that I'll be working on over the next many years. We are forever young.

Ron McFarland
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Aging 19 Nov 2006
By V. Corraro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Have you ever asked yourself, "Where's the instruction book on aging?" Well, ask no more; it has been written, and the name of the book is You're Only Young Twice.

This book is written in a unique style, using humor and thought-provoking quotes. An added bonus includes gentle suggestions for bringing forth creativity and journaling. The tone of Ronda Beaman's writing is soothing and very well written. She is a role model for aging youthfully, while doing so with fun, a zest for life, and living in the moment while retaining memories and useful skills from youth.

You're Only Young Twice is a great read for people of all ages. It is the simplicity of the concept of embracing your golden years with wit, wonder and amazement, as well as dignity and love of self and humanity, that makes the writing so engaging and brilliant.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 2 Dec 2006
By Daniel Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Recommended to all my friends young and old. Never too late; never too early.

Life is to short to NOT read this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resilence and Golf 22 Oct 2006
By Beverly Baltz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just got finished reading Dr. Beaman's book. What a fabulous book.

It was so uplifting. It reminded me of many things I already knew, but forgot to put to use. She reminds you that so many things are so unimportant, so don't get so "uptight" about nothing. RELAX........ I am constantly telling myself to be "resilent", it's just small stuff.

Also she advises you to do something you've never done before. My husband has been after me for 30 years to take up golf. Guess what, I now have shoes, golf glove, golf clubs and a new bag. I get really mad at golf, but so does everyone else. At least, "I'M DOING IT'...........
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great advice on how to keep your attitude from growing old! 18 Nov 2007
By Diane Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was a very quick read. Ronda Beaman, EdD, who is also a midlife coach, explains that there are ways to grow young. Even though our bodies age, our minds and attitudes don't have to. She writes that in order to "grow young," you must have optimism, wonder, curiousity, joy, humor, music, work, play, and learning. She gets these ideas from the concept of "neoteny" which means, "the human species, in body, spirit, feeling, and conduct--is constructed to grow and develop in ways that emphasize rather than minimize childhood traits."

There are many interesting parts of the book, such as an AGE inventory, to see how young or old you are. A humor inventory, to see if you need more humor in your life, and true and false questions about how you see old people. Do the things we think about old people actually come true, or are they mostly rumors?

Though some ideas in the book are not new, it doesn't take away from it. There are many inspirational quotes, as well as descriptions of those people who were past a "certain age" who went on to do great things with their lives.
I found myself feeling happier as I read it, and moving along with the music that was playing in the coffee shop. Though I may not be considered chronologically old yet, I want to take some of these ideas and adapt them to my own lifestyle, so my body and mind can stay young as well.
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