Many spend a lifetime searching for the elusive secrets to a truly happy and fulfilling life.
Based on research and numerous studies, the secrets to living your best life might be unlocked in your older years.
The common belief is that the peak of happiness occurs in young adulthood and trends downward as an individual ages. It turns out this isn’t true. In fact, we start childhood generally happy, and then as we progress into adulthood and mid-life, there is a dip in our happiness. This dip is often due to increased work stress and family responsibilities and challenges.
Then as we age and mature, and have diminished responsibilities, the state of our well-being and mood actually increases and can ripen at age 85! ?
So if you’re entering your 60s, 70s, and 80s, take full advantage of what this research highlights. It can be a great time to really live your best life. You are likely much wiser, and more comfortable in your own skin. The kids have left home and you may have more freedoms than ever before.
So, the secret’s out! Here are 7 tips to living your best HAPPY life in your 60s, 70s, and beyond.
1. Practice gratitude
Numerous studies have shown that practicing gratitude can have a positive impact on our lives. When we make the effort to show gratitude and give more thought to the things we’re thankful for, this can help us feel more relaxed and less depressed. It also helps us to focus on happier memories, likely resulting in an increase in our overall mood and happiness.
2. Have a good sleep routine
It seems like every other month or so, we harp on the importance of sleep in one of our articles. As you may already know, sleep is vital to our overall emotional well-being and contributes to our happiness. A good night’s sleep helps us cope with daily life and helps our brains to work better.
This one is a challenge especially, as we are all coping with pandemic situations. Despite the restrictions we’re all subject to, there are still ways to socialize with others. Making the time to connect with friends and families, while ensuring social distancing, can bring joy and happiness to our days. They can also give us memorable moments we can look back at fondly, serving to lift our spirits on difficult or lonelier days.
4. Create an atmosphere you love
Even if you are homebound or have some mobility or health issues, creating an environment you love, can make a huge difference and lift your mood. Try cleaning or changing the room around every now and then. You can also add different lighting or add some soft background music or a pleasing scent to your rooms. Don’t be afraid to try something new that will freshen up your space. This will surely bring you enhanced comfort, joy, and happiness. When we love our surroundings, this contributes to our overall happiness.
5. Don’t be afraid to try new things
Go ahead! Try something new! Don’t let fear of failure or the misconception that you’re too “old” stop you from embarking on a new activity. Learn a new instrument. Take an art class. Or try learning a new game.
Doing these things can be quite fulfilling and add something exciting to your regular routine. This will add to your enjoyment of life and make you happier.
6. Eat Well
You probably guessed this was going to be on the list. Studies have consistently shown that eating a diet based around whole, unprocessed foods with lots of vegetables and whole grains can help boost your overall mood. For the most part, try your best to make healthy food choices to help you live your best happy life!
Would this list be complete without the mention of exercise? Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and changes the patterns of neurotransmitter release, which in turn positively affects our mood. You can try walking or checking out online exercises that can be done from the comfort of your home. Even 10-15 minutes of exercise can go a long way towards lifting your mood. We suggest consulting your doctor before beginning any exercise program.