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Happiness at any age

Start your journey to joy now in your 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond with these simple and effective exercises, strategies, and positive insights.

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Living happily in any decade involves an open heart, open mind, and appreciation for the joy in the journey. While everyone is unique, here’s a guide to enjoy life in your 20s, 40s, 60s, 80s, and beyond.

In your 20s & 30s

  • Embrace uncertainty. This is the time for trial and error. Try new things and take risks, even if they feel scary. Build connections. Your social network can be a source of support, advice, and shared experiences both now and as you get older.
  • Learn how to learn. Develop a growth mindset. Teach yourself that it’s ok to feel silly as you learn new things. It’ll set the stage for lifelong learning.
  • Build healthy habits. Establish healthy habits early. Try to move your body, eat well, and sleep well.

In your 40s & 50s

  • Balance work and life. Prioritize time with your family and friends. Work hard in your professional life. But don't forget to find joy in the little things.
  • Plan your finances. Establish good financial habits. Save and invest in your future. Spend less than you make. Financial stability contributes to your peace of mind.
  • Practice gratitude. Take time to appreciate what you have. Thank those who help you and contribute to others in a positive way. Build a mindset that's all about gratitude.
  • Be open to change. Life is always changing, so it's a good idea to be open to all the curves along the way. Being able to adapt to everyday life is a skill that will serve you well in the future.

In your 60s & 70s

  • Reassess your goals. That thing you always wanted to do one day? Do it now. Adjust and modify your goals to include the steps it’ll take to reach that dream. Start working on writing that book, taking that trip, or even reaching a health and wellness goal to keep a positive mental attitude going.
  • Add in some adventure. Remember, there’s no age limit to new adventures. Happy thoughts and actions can even make you more likely to try new things. Go for new activities, try new recipes, or make new friends as an adult. These ideas keep your sense of play alive and well.
  • Nurture old and new relationships. Improve relationships by focusing less on long-held disagreements. You don't get any points for “winning” arguments. Letting go of the past paired with self-compassion exercises can help you move forward.
  • Mentor others patiently. Share your experiences and wisdom with others. Remember to be kind and patient by listening without judgment and putting yourself in their shoes. Someone out may need you to guide them in a way that only you're capable of.
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Try new things, whether it’s participating in new activities, making new recipes, or seeking out new friends.

In your 80s & 90s

  • Make time for the small things. Love spending time with your family? Make an effort to engage in the small activities you enjoy every week—or even daily! This can lead to an overall positive mental attitude later in life.
  • Keep learning. Now’s the time to try that new hobby you’ve always wanted to or pick up an old one. Even making friends as an adult or participating at a senior center near you can lead to a sense of joy. Plus, learning new skills keeps your brain sharp.
  • Be kind to yourself. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. Go for a quick walk outside. Eat healthy foods. Embrace each day as a chance to live the life you desire, regardless of your age.

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