Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Old age: The best is yet to come

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Like fine wine, optimism tends to grow more in old age. Wisdom seems to have enabled older adults to slow down, not sweat the small stuff, and look at the brighter side of things.

An article published in Time suggested that old people who are receiving pension are one of the happiest groups of people in society. In another article from the same publication, it was suggested that retirement and unemployment bring joy to old people.

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The reason for this newfound optimism is that oldies are no longer pressured to meet the society’s expectations on pursuing a career. While the workforce is stressed out by earning money to make a living and please the people around them, the senior citizens have ample time to pursue lifelong passions.

Optimistic seniors have also learned to let go of the hurts and frustrations from their past. They have accepted these experiences as part of life and have moved on to more important things.

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Optimism also inspires old people to be enthusiastic for new experiences and to be awed and delighted by the things around them. This is the energy that leads them to enroll in new hobbies, like ballroom dancing or painting classes. Being active is also a way to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy.

Old age does not equate to old spirit. There are still a lot of things that a person can do in old age, as long as he or she remains committed to lifelong learning and positivity.

How can people develop a positive approach towards life? Visit this Leila Mulla blog to learn more about living a life in positivity.

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