5 Tips for Aging Happily

5 Tips for Aging Happily

Last update: 08 February, 2018

We all want to be happy as we get older. Even if life hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, we can still have a better future. This is especially important when we get older and realize we don’t have much time left.

There are some basic actions we can take to improve our quality of life  and age happily. In this article, we’ll focus on methods based on preserving our physical and mental health. They emphasize essential things like caring for the body and cultivating affection.

It is true that hardly anyone is ever ready for old age. One way or another, it always takes us by surprise. After recovering from the initial shock, it’s time to redirect ourselves so we can age happily. Here are 5 tips to help you do so.

“Growing older is like climbing a mountain: the higher you get, the more strength you need, but the further you see.”

-Ingmar Bergman-

1. There is nothing like exercise for aging happily

Exercise is the ideal way to live a happy, healthy life as you age. Physical activity increases the production of hormones that promote a sense of well-being. Endorphins are one of the more well known hormones.

Furthermore, exercise is a tool for keeping all of our organs healthy and functioning properly. It is an excellent preventative measure.

In addition, our brain also needs exercise. Reading, writing, doing puzzles or other games meant to stimulate the mind are all activities that make us think and help maintain our cognitive function, even in old age. 

2. Strengthen your social ties

Isolation isn’t good at any age. You don’t need a million friends, but it’s important to have a stable social network. Interaction with others helps keep our brain going. Of course, it also makes life more enjoyable.

Sometimes we start to see our good friends less due to circumstances outside our control. Nevertheless, we recommend caring for and cultivating these connections. It’s always easier to age happily if we have valuable friendships. Special people who understand us and support us.

3. Have friends of different ages

Friendship is one of the freest and best forms of relationship out there. By nature, it is very flexible. It’s a good idea to not restrict yourself to having friendships only with peers. Inter-generational friendships are usually very helpful.

An older person should keep in contact with young people. At the same time, young people can greatly benefit from older friends.

In both cases there will be barriers, but also things in common. We can grow old happily when we know how to value all the wealth that exists in inter-generational relationships.

an older woman and a young woman taking a selfie

4. Do only what you love

In order to grow old happily, we’ll need to clean out certain areas of our lives. When we reach an advanced age, we know what brings us enjoyment and what doesn’t.

We’ve already done many things for the sake of duty and commitment and now it’s time to dedicate our lives to what we love and value. There is no time to lose.

The last years of life are not the time to deprive ourselves of what we want. In fact, quite the opposite. Since we have already met what goals could be met, it’s time to change our focus.

Let’s dedicate ourselves to doing things that bring us enjoyment. Things that put a sparkle in our eyes. Let’s stop wasting time on things that don’t interest us.

5. Look for new roles

Even though we all have established habits, that doesn’t mean there’s no place for novelty. Actually, we’ll never finish getting to know ourselves. Perhaps we’ll even surprise ourselves by finding a new passion. 

One way to grow old happily is to explore new roles. Dare to do what you have not done before. Find new ways to express your talents. Cultivate the abilities you haven’t cultivated until just now.

a happy older couple

Old age can be a wonderful part of our lives if we take it with a good attitude. Yes, we’ll have to say goodbye to many of the beautiful perks of youth.

However, we are more free and complete in old age. We have a better perspective on everything. That’s why we can grow old happily and feel grateful for the wonders of the golden years.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.