Most people think that everything goes south as we age—looks, health, happiness. It’s true that growing old is no picnic when it comes to our bodies. Even when we look and feel pretty good health wise, we still aren’t 35.
But what does seem to get better as we age is our attitude about these things. As we reach our 60s, we begin to accept the changes that started to freak us out at around age 40 or 50. And I’m not imagining this. Many recent studies back it up, like the one that appeared in Business Insider. According to the article, “most people reported the highest levels of happiness in their late 60s and older.” The article also notes that happiness peaks twice in our lives; the first time at around age 23—no surprise there—but get this—again at age 69. Yes, that’s right. Let that sink in.
I believe it’s because other things become more important to our happiness than our looks and being able to run a marathon as we age, like the love of family and friends. As long as we can enjoy an active life, we can learn to deal with the physical challenges.
That’s why I say we should fret less about aging and get busy living by taking care of ourselves, physically, mentally and emotionally. We can do that by exercising more and watching what we eat. We can spend time with our loved ones and get out to enjoy all that the world has to offer. And most important, remember to be thankful for our blessings.
There really is a lot to look forward to even as we age.
Now I’m off to hop onto the treadmill.