Getting Old, Getting Happy

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It has been proven that people get happier as they get older; so if you want to be happy, get old. I will admit that might not be the best strategy; for by the time we get there we may not have much time to enjoy it. So why do we get happier as we age? I would think it is because we are so grateful to just still be here; after all we could be like a lot of our friends and who now have a permanent address at the local cemetery. This may be a little tongue in cheek but it really is true that older people are happier. I know I am.

So, really, why are we happier? Although we may acquire others; we are past a lot of the struggles of younger life. Up until about the age of fifty we look and work toward the future; getting an education, forming relationships, establishing careers, raising our families, planning for the kid’s college and our retirement. By about fifty some of these things have been accomplished, others are on track to be and others we now seen as impossible or at least very unlikely to happen. Once we accept where we are in life; what our future looks like and in most cases realize that all the things we have been working for all our life is either unobtainable or not needed for us to be happy. This leads to less stress and over time less responsibilities.

The sixties seem to be our happiest years; even into the seventies we can be as happy as we were in our twenties if we have reasonably good health. Again the key is accepting our limitations and using our strengths. We may not be able to do a lot of the things we did in our younger years but we have talents and strengths we hadn’t acquire then as well. Many of us do things later in life that we couldn’t do earlier because of responsibilities, finances  lack of maturity or because it just wasn’t the time.

What have you always wanted to do but never thought you would get the chance? What is on your bucket list? What talents do you have now that you didn’t then? I am sure you have more patience; probably more free time, maybe more money, you are probably a little wiser too. So what is stopping you? The more you accomplish, the more you feel you have used your potential the happier you will be. If it will benefit others; so much the better but I know it will benefit you.

I was 66 when I started this blog; I wasn’t sure I could even do it, I can and I am proud of myself for doing it. It will probably never make me famous but then that isn’t the goal. I am sure it won’t make me rich either but I am enjoying it and I am getting better at it. So what do you want to do that you are afraid to try? If I can do it; so can you. There is a new year at hand, let’s do it.

Wishing you all the success you desire in the coming year and beyond. Remember nothing happens, until something moves.  Albert Einstein

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

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