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Too Good to Be True: The Older You Are, the Happier You Become
Do you remember as a teenager, all the things you worried about that seemed crucial for your happiness? With high insight, how many of those things still matter to you?
There is a famous saying, “Youth is wasted on the young.” It would appear that young people have the world at their feet. The reality is, however, that they lack the clarity of someone who has gained those life lessons that enables real happiness.
A recent study 1 revealed that the happiest people are the over 50s. An astounding 61% said they were happier and enjoying life more. Even more interesting was the fact that more than half had been travelling, one in five planned to learn a new language and one in ten were learning to play an instrument.
Things that you find happiness in as you get older
When you were younger, there were so many things you obsessed about when it comes to your looks. You didn’t like your body or focused on an imperfection that seemed so much bigger than what it was.
Ironically, as you get older and may not have a body that is as fit or agile, you feel far more content about it. You finally learn to embrace your flaws. You know that you are not perfect, and that’s ok.
Do you remember following the latest trend or taking two hours to get dressed on a night out?
As you age, you are more comfortable in your own skin. That doesn’t mean that you have given up wanting to look nice. It just means that you realize that other people’s opinions about your looks aren’t as important.
Someone once told me that you know you are finding happiness in getting older when you can drive to the supermarket wearing your pyjamas under your winter coat. I can happily confirm that I have done this more than once.
Weekend do not have to mean partying until the sun rises with people you hardly know. You are quite satisfied with having a quiet night at home or going to a nice bar or dinner where you can engage in conversation (and actually hear each other speak).
The reality is that most of those numerous “best friends” will not stand the true test of time. You learn who are your genuine friends. And you couldn’t be happier about it.
How to experience more happiness before growing too old
- Stop worrying as much about numbers–whether it is age, weight, or bank balances. When it is near the end, you will realize these weren’t as important as you thought.
- Be ok with being yourself–whether you are unconventional, quirky, or uncool. You are still the best “you” there is.
- Choose your friends wisely. As time goes by, you will realise the value of genuine friendship.
- Laugh longer and more often.
- Appreciate your health. One of the things people miss the most when they are elderly is their good health and all the things they used to be able to do easily.
- Understand you may fail 100 times before you succeed. And that is still ok.
- Stop trying to control or change other people. The only person you need to change or control is yourself.
- Live with little regrets or what ifs. Do you have something you always dreamt of doing but keep postponing? Is there someone out there who you need to tell you love?
- Embrace not only your ups but also your downs. There is no one alive who has never experienced down moments. In time, you will realize you needed those downs to mold you into who you will become.
- Appreciate the small things of the “now.” It could be as simple as an evening spent with people you care about or that birthday card from your grandmother–these people will not always be around.
- Surround yourself with positive love–whether it is the things that you love or the people who you love.
- Don’t wait for someone or something to make your life better. The only person who can make your life better is you.
- Most people live in the future i.e. all the things they want to do or are working towards doing. They sadly miss out living in the present. Don’t be one of those people.
- Always remember, happiness is a state of mind, not a state of being.
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