The art of becoming a happier person as you get older: 7 simple things to do every day

Growing older.

It’s a fact of life, isn’t it? And let’s be honest, it can be a daunting prospect for many of us.

Yet, I firmly believe it shouldn’t be.

As we age, there’s an incredible opportunity to become happier, more content individuals. A chance to truly appreciate the beauty of life and all the joy it brings.

Sounds too good to be true? I promise you, it’s not.

Now, I won’t sugarcoat it. This isn’t an overnight transformation – it requires dedication and consistent effort. But the good news is, I’ve got some simple daily habits to share that can help you on this journey.

So if you’re wondering “How can I become a happier person as I age?” stick around for these seven simple things you can do every day.

Remember, aging doesn’t have to mean losing joy. Instead, it could just be the beginning of your happiest years yet.

1. Practice gratitude daily

Gratitude. It’s such a simple concept, yet so powerful.

Think about it for a moment. When was the last time you took a few minutes to really appreciate all the good things in your life?

The smell of fresh coffee in the morning. The warmth of the sun on your skin. The laughter of a loved one. These are all simple, yet profoundly beautiful parts of our everyday lives.

Taking time each day to acknowledge these moments, and to truly appreciate them, can make a world of difference.

It’s about shifting our focus from what we lack, to what we already have. And trust me, even on the toughest days, there’s always something to be grateful for.

So why not give it a try? Spend a few minutes each day reflecting on what you’re thankful for. It could be the first step towards a happier you.

2. Keep learning new things

Let me share something personal here.

A few years back, I found myself in a bit of a rut. Life was going on as usual, but there was a sense of monotony creeping in. Until one day, I decided to shake things up a bit.

I started learning Spanish.

Was it necessary? Not really. Was it challenging? Absolutely. But it brought an unexpected sense of joy and accomplishment into my life.

And that’s the beauty of learning something new. It doesn’t matter what it is – a new language, a musical instrument, knitting, gardening – just the act of learning keeps our minds active and engaged.

As we grow older, it becomes even more important to keep our minds sharp and our lives interesting. And trust me, adding a new skill or hobby to your life can be a great way to do just that.

So go on, reignite that curiosity within you. After all, as the saying goes, you’re never too old to learn something new.

3. Stay connected with loved ones

Once upon a time, in my early twenties, I was a social butterfly. Friends, parties, gatherings – you name it, I was there. But as the years went by, I found myself becoming more and more of a homebody.

Sounds familiar?

Well, that’s where I learned a valuable lesson.

One day, I found myself feeling a bit blue. It was then that I decided to pick up the phone and call an old friend. We chatted for hours, reminiscing about old times, sharing updates about our lives. By the end of the call, my spirits were lifted immensely.

The point is this – staying connected with loved ones is crucial for our happiness as we age.

It’s easy to get caught up in our routines or become isolated. But remember, even a simple phone call or a weekly meet-up can do wonders for your mood and overall well-being.

So don’t let those connections fade away. Reach out, keep in touch, and nurture your relationships. Trust me, it’s one of the best investments you can make for your happiness.

4. Make time for self-care

Self-care. It’s a term that’s thrown around a lot these days, isn’t it? But trust me, it’s more than just a trendy buzzword.

Let me explain.

As we age, our bodies and minds go through changes. And to navigate these changes gracefully, we need to take good care of ourselves.

This means eating nutritious food, getting regular exercise, ensuring we get enough sleep, and taking time out to relax and rejuvenate.

But here’s the thing – self-care is not a one-size-fits-all solution. What works for me might not work for you.

So take some time to understand your needs. Maybe for you, self-care means reading a book in the evening, going for a walk in nature, or indulging in your favorite hobby.

Remember, it’s about doing something that makes you feel good and helps you stay healthy and happy. So make self-care a priority – your future self will thank you for it.

5. Laugh more often

Did you know that children laugh approximately 300 times a day, while adults only laugh about 20 times a day? Quite a gap, isn’t it?

Laughter truly is the best medicine. It’s a natural mood lifter and a great stress buster. Plus, it’s one of the most fun ways to keep our spirits high.

As we age, it’s easy to get bogged down by responsibilities and challenges, but incorporating more laughter into our routine can make a significant difference.

So, how do you bring more laughter into your life?

It could be as simple as watching a funny movie or your favorite comedian. Maybe it’s sharing a joke with a friend or reading a humorous book.

Whatever makes you chuckle, giggle, or belly laugh till your sides hurt – do more of it! Because laughter isn’t just good for the soul; it’s good for your overall well-being too.

6. Learn to let go

I’ve spent a good chunk of my life holding on to things – grudges, regrets, past mistakes. But over time, I realized something important. All this emotional baggage was weighing me down.

Letting go isn’t easy, but it’s one of the most liberating things you can do for yourself.

Whether it’s forgiving someone who hurt you, or coming to terms with a past mistake, letting go can lift a huge burden off your shoulders.

And here’s the best part – as you start letting go, you’ll find more space in your life for happiness and peace.

So take a moment. Think about what’s been weighing you down. And see if you can start the process of letting it go. It might just be the key to unlocking more happiness as you age.

7. Embrace the present moment

This is it. The most important thing to remember when it comes to becoming a happier person as you get older.

The present moment is all we truly have.

It’s easy to get caught up in the past or worry about the future. But real happiness lies in embracing the here and now.

Whether it’s savoring a meal, enjoying a conversation, or simply appreciating the beauty around you – being fully present can bring a deep sense of joy and contentment.

So slow down. Breathe in. Breathe out. And let yourself experience all the beauty that this very moment has to offer.

Because true happiness isn’t something we find in the future. It’s something we create in the present.

Embracing the journey

So there you have it. Seven simple daily habits to help you become a happier person as you age.

But remember, it’s not about perfection. It’s about progress. And every small step you take towards embracing these habits is a victory in itself.

Life, after all, is a journey. And as we age, the road can sometimes get a bit bumpy. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the ride.

In fact, each new day brings with it a fresh opportunity to create joy, to learn, to connect, and to grow.

So take a moment. Reflect on these habits and see how they resonate with you.

And remember, the art of becoming happier as we age isn’t something that happens to us. It’s something we actively create.

Tomorrow is a new day. A fresh start.

So let’s make the most of it, shall we?

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Tina Fey

I'm Tina Fey, the founder of the blog Love Connection. I've extremely passionate about sharing relationship advice. I've studied psychology and have my Masters in marital, family, and relationship counseling. I hope with all my heart to help you improve your relationships, and I hope that even if one thing I write helps you, it means more to me than just about anything else in the world. Check out my blog Love Connection, and if you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter

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