Age and happiness are closely related – but perhaps not in the way you might first expect. While we might immediately assume that younger people, with their health and energy, would be the happiest demographic, it turns out that older people are the ones who win the happiness lottery – but why could this be?
- Gained contentment and acceptance, leading to greater overall happiness
- Wisdom, experience and a surer sense of self
- More appreciation for the here and now
- The certainty of knowing who they are
- Fewer Worries about their careers or caring for a family
- Additional time and resources to devote to what is important to them
Having those opportunities provides the stage for creating happiness, but what are some specific tactics for improving satisfaction as you age? Here are some ways to make sure you’re doing everything you can to boost your happiness in your golden years.
Happiness is a conscious choice, and while you can’t instantly think yourself happy, if you choose to be happy and set your mind to it, you will naturally start doing things to bring that state about.
By the time we reach retirement age, most of us have a strong sense of who we are, what we like to do, what we don’t like to do, what motivates us, and what our true calling is. However, who we are can change and transform over the years. Make sure to keep evaluating who you are to keep learning about yourself.
Cultivating positivity and gratitude does wonders for your happiness, helping you embrace the good in the world and the happiness it can bring to you.
- Say “no” to the things that no longer bring you joy
- Forgive others (and yourself) for past events that brought you sorrow or unhappiness
- Permit yourself to move past negativity
All of these things will open joy in your heart and create a path to a happier, more fulfilled life.
A large part of happiness is being as healthy as possible; in fact, it could even help you live longer. Focus on healthy aging and caring for yourself for a happy life.
- Get enough physical activity
- Eat healthy and nutritious meals
- Focus on your mental health
- Manage health issues and chronic conditions
- Keep your brain stimulated
- Do something that you love every day
Did you know that those at age 50 who felt more satisfied in their relationships were healthiest at age 80? According to a Harvard study, this is true. The report also states that several studies have found that satisfaction with relationships at 50 was a better predictor of physical health than cholesterol levels.
That’s good news because the people we love – our families and friends – are a great source of joy. Spend plenty of time with them while taking the time to make new friends.
If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn, do or see, there’s no time like now to make it happen.
The lifestyle you live can lead to happiness as well. Older adults who choose Waterstone of Lexington experience a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle that allows them to pursue new opportunities, enjoy socialization, and focus on what makes them feel good. Even better, they enjoy the peace of mind of access to long-term support, if or when their needs change, making happiness in old age easier to obtain than ever.
For more information about how Waterstone of Lexington can help you continue to live a happy, engaged lifestyle, visit our website.
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