Are there benefits to getting older?
There are many people who joke about getting older and the issues that come along with age. However, there are so many good things about getting older.
Many older people find that they were happier and their emotions “bounced around less” as they got older. Negative emotions such as sadness, anger and fear become less pronounced than in those drama-filled younger years.
With time, people refine qualities like self-control and altruism that contribute to their overall happiness. The attitude is: “the best is yet to come!”
Here are three additional benefits of getting older:
1. We Have Our Priorities in Check – Older people have a lifetime of experience to learn what is important and what we should just let go. We know when to stop and smell the roses and when to push on. We focus on what matters and stay away from things that bring no value into our lives.
2. We Don’t Care Too Much What People Think – We’ve learned that what other people think about us isn’t really that important. What we think about ourselves, however, is important. We aren’t going to say “yes” to every request. And, we’ve learned not to be “people-pleasers.”
3. We Continue to Learn – Most of us have children and grandchildren who we have helped grow up in life. Now, it is our turn to learn from them. They can help us keep up with an ever-changing world. There is quite a bit we can learn from them, if we are willing to open our minds and be receptive. Nieces and nephews are also fun to spend time with and to learn from!
Getting older can be the best time in your life…appreciate each and every day!
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