Most of us believe that everything goes south as we age, especially once we reach our forties—looks, health, happiness. It’s true that growing old is no picnic when it comes to our bodies. Let’s face it. Even if we look and feel pretty good health-wise for our age, it’s still not the same as being twenty-five.
But what does seem to get better as we age is our attitude about aging. Remember when you were still youngish and approaching age thirty? Or worse, when you were about to turn forty? You probably dreaded those birthdays like the plague. But as we reach our sixties, feelings about aging begin to shift, and we start to accept the changes that freaked us out as we approached earlier birthdays. There really is a correlation between aging and happiness.
And I’m not imagining this. Recent studies back up this idea about aging and happiness, like the one that appeared in Business Insider. According to the article, “most people reported the highest levels of happiness in their late sixties and older.” The article also notes that happiness peaks twice in our lives; the first time at around age twenty-three—no surprise there. But get this; it peaks again at age sixty-nine. Yes, that’s right. Let that sink in.
I believe that this is because other things become more important to our happiness than our looks and being able to run a marathon as we age. Things like the love of family and friends and enjoying all that life has to offer. As long as we can engage in an active lifestyle, we can learn to deal with some physical challenges that aging brings.
For those who constantly fret unnecessarily about aging, I say try to lighten up. Worrying about it isn’t going to change a thing.
Get busy with living by taking better care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Exercise more and watch what you eat. Spend time with your loved ones and get out to enjoy all that the world has to offer.
Most importantly, try to remember to be thankful for your blessings. There really is a lot to look forward to, even as we age.
Now I’m off to hop onto the treadmill.