Women who are deeply happy in their later years often share these 7 unique traits

Let’s talk about happiness in our golden years. It’s something we all aspire to, right? But have you ever wondered what sets those deeply joyful women apart as they age?

Well, it isn’t random. In fact, it seems there are some special traits that these happy women share. And trust me, these traits are not what you’d expect.

This article is going to dive into the seven unique characteristics that women who are deeply happy in their later years often have in common.

Not only will we explore what these traits are, but also how they contribute to enduring happiness.

1) Embrace change

One of the most common traits I’ve noticed among women who are deeply happy in their later years is their ability to embrace change.

Change is an inevitable part of life, right? And let’s face it, as we age, the changes can come thick and fast. The kids leave home, our bodies change, and our careers may wind down.

Yet, the women who seem to navigate these transitions with grace and joy have one thing in common: they see change as an opportunity, not a threat.

These women take each change in stride, seeing it as a new adventure or an opportunity for growth. They don’t resist or fear the change; instead, they welcome it with open arms.

2) They don’t chase happiness

This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s true. Women who are deeply happy in their later years don’t actively chase happiness.

You see, happiness is a complex emotion that doesn’t always come from the places we expect. It’s not about having a picture-perfect life or ticking off a checklist of achievements.

These women understand that. They don’t tie their happiness to specific goals or outcomes. They don’t think, “I’ll be happy when I retire,” or “I’ll be happy when I lose weight.”

Instead, they focus on the present moment and find joy in the everyday. They understand that happiness isn’t a destination, but a way of living.

3) They prioritize self-care

As an author and relationship expert, I’ve learned so much about the importance of self-care, and I’ve seen its impact on happiness firsthand.

Women who are deeply happy in their later years often prioritize self-care. This doesn’t mean they’re self-centered or neglect their responsibilities. Quite the opposite. They understand that taking care of themselves is necessary to be able to take care of others effectively.

I dive deeper into this concept in my book, Breaking The Attachment: How To Overcome Codependency in Your Relationship. It’s all about overcoming the tendency to put others’ needs before your own to the detriment of your own wellbeing.

But back to the point, these women make time for activities that nourish their minds, bodies, and souls. Whether it’s reading a good book, taking a long walk, or enjoying a hobby, they make sure to carve out time for themselves.

This practice of self-care helps them maintain their physical and mental health, and it’s a big part of why they’re so happy in their later years.

So if you want to boost your happiness, consider making self-care a priority in your life too. It might just be the key to finding lasting happiness.

4) They cultivate gratitude

There’s a quote by Albert Einstein that I absolutely love: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Women who are deeply happy in their later years often live as if everything is a miracle. They cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Even in the face of difficulty or hardship, they find things to be grateful for. This isn’t about ignoring the hard stuff, but rather choosing to focus on the positive. They understand that every day brings new opportunities and blessings, no matter how small.

This practice of gratitude helps them maintain a positive outlook on life, which contributes greatly to their happiness.

In fact, I’ve tried incorporating this attitude of gratitude into my own life, and it’s made a huge difference. Trust me, cultivating gratitude can transform your perspective and boost your happiness in ways you wouldn’t expect. So why not give it a try?

5) They maintain strong social connections

Women who find deep happiness as they age often credit their strong relationships with friends and family.

They know the importance of companionship and mutual support, and they actively nurture these bonds. When they need a shoulder to lean on, they turn to their loved ones without hesitation.

These tight-knit social circles offer a sense of belonging and love, essential ingredients for lasting happiness.  

Hence, if you’re looking to boost your happiness as you get older, consider investing more time in your relationships. It could be the key to a brighter future.

6) They embrace imperfection

I love the quote from Leonard Cohen: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

Women who are deeply happy in their later years understand and embrace this concept. They know that life isn’t perfect, and neither are they – and that’s okay.

They don’t waste energy striving for perfection, but instead, find beauty in their flaws. They accept themselves as they are – imperfections and all.

I’ve learned this valuable lesson in my own life. Embracing imperfection can lift a weight off your shoulders and pave the way for self-acceptance and happiness.

This acceptance of imperfection allows these women to live life without unnecessary pressure, contributing greatly to their overall happiness.

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7) They’re not afraid of solitude

Let’s face it—aging often comes with more time spent alone, and for some, that idea can be daunting.

But the women who find profound happiness in their later years have a different take. They’re not afraid of solitude; they welcome it with open arms.

To them, solitude is a chance to reconnect with themselves, to reflect on life, and to enjoy activities they love. It’s a time to simply be.

They know that being alone doesn’t have to mean feeling lonely. They discover joy and peace in their own company, and this comfort in solitude adds to their profound happiness.

The joy of aging: An insightful conclusion

Let’s face it, our society often views growing older as a time of decline. But as we’ve seen, many women discover deep happiness and contentment in their later years.

They’re not afraid of change; instead, they embrace it. They prioritize self-care, gratitude, and maintaining strong social connections. They’re okay with imperfection and cherish moments of solitude. These traits signal a powerful shift in perspective toward life and aging.

And this shift could be the key to finding profound and lasting happiness as we age.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” So why not let go of societal pressures, embrace each moment, and find joy in the journey? Age is just a number after all.

One video that I believe complements our discussion perfectly is Justin Brown’s exploration of “the illusion of happiness” and why chasing it makes you miserable.

His insights align seamlessly with the traits we’ve discussed here, particularly the idea of not tying happiness to specific outcomes.

So let’s continue this conversation about happiness and aging. Let’s redefine what it means to grow older. Let’s celebrate the unique traits that contribute to deep happiness in later years. After all, isn’t it time we embraced the joy of aging?

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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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