If You Want To Be Happy, Do This

Hello there, my friend! Something’s been on my mind. I want to talk about happiness. Yesterday, Jay slept through coffee time, so I sat in the darkness alone for a while – thinking. Thinking about my life up to this point, all the things I love about it, and how happy I am to be exactly where I am right at this moment (alone, in the dark, with my coffee, haha just kidding).

But seriously, I’m wondering is there a correlation between happiness and aging? Do you think people get happier as they get older? I think it’s most definitely been true for me, but I also think it’s worth exploring more.

One reason I can think of for increased happiness in older age is the shifting perspective on life we experience. With the accumulation of life experiences and wisdom over the years, us older people tend to prioritize what truly matters to us. We’re able to let go of trivial concerns and embrace a more positive outlook. This shift allows us to appreciate the present moment, cultivate a strong sense of gratitude, and find contentment in the simple things, which equals more happiness.

And as we age, we develop better emotional regulation skills. The ability to manage our emotions becomes finely tuned, allowing us to navigate life’s challenges with grace. We become proficient with finding coping mechanisms, problem-solving, and seeking support when needed. This enhanced emotional regulation leads to greater emotional well-being and, consequently, an overall higher level of happiness.

Aging is also often accompanied by a growing appreciation and acceptance of oneself. Many of us find solace in embracing our imperfections, accepting past mistakes, and focusing more on personal growth. The pressures of society tend to diminish significantly (or even completely), and self-compassion takes its place. This self-acceptance fosters a sense of inner peace and contentment, leading to heightened happiness.

As mortality becomes more apparent with each passing year, and as we get older, we gain a profound appreciation for the fragility of life. This awareness can serve as a powerful catalyst for embracing the present moment and prioritizing what’s important. It encourages older people to focus on experiences, relationships, and personal growth, which ultimately leads to an increased sense of fulfillment and…happiness.

While happiness is subjective and varies from person to person, I believe that people do, in fact, get happier as they get older. In older age, it becomes evident that happiness is not solely determined by external circumstances, but rather by how we interpret and respond to things. So if you want to be happy, my dear friend, do this – embrace your age. Approach the passage of time with an open heart and open mind, and cherish the wisdom, joy, and of course, the happiness that comes with aging (gracefully).

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