Stifle the Ughs

I heard a discussion on the radio about Sofia Loren and her ‘secrets’ for positive aging.

Now many of us have a different type of beauty than she exudes and I confess to thinking that it was highly unlikely that any thing she said would apply to me. But, as often happens, I was wrong.

She said she doesn’t make ‘old people sounds.’

I laughed when I heard that. I knew exactly what she meant!

At fifty, I feel pretty great most of the time but when I get up after a while of sitting in the same position, I definitely have caught myself making ‘old people sounds.’

The moan, the grunt, the groan, the ugh and other unmentionables.

Since hearing her tip, I have become really cognizant of making these sounds and trying to stop.  I often instead now have a little chuckle either under my breath or sometimes out loud when I consciously stifle the ughs.

The laugh is much better than the ughs.

Whether it helps me stay young or not, I don’t really know, but what I do know is that it makes me feel younger!

Stifle the ughs, it’s just one more way to live Your Life, Unlimited!


Greg Wood  and Michel Neray joined me today on the radio to share their insights.

Enjoy the whole show here…


Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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