Archive for November, 2009

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Old is Gold

cheers - see ya at 70

If you’re not happy now, here’s one thing you can be happy about – you will be. It’s just a matter of time.

How many times have you heard the phrase, “If I only knew then what I know now.”, or, “Youth is wasted on the young.”? Several recent studies are showing that the older you get, the happier you are – & this is in spite of the failing health that comes with old age. So what’s their secret?…

Old people tend to filter out the negatives and focus instead on what they enjoy & appreciate. It’s that simple. Call it nurturing an “Oh, well” sentiment. I would add that through life experience, people learn to be more sympathetic towards others, and this also decreases frustration/increases happiness. Aswell, they become more sympathetic to others’ humanity, indescretions, and more in tune to -& accepting of- life’s cycles.

So, don’t sweat the small stuff (how many times have you heard that?). Why not apply a ‘mature’ perspective to the youthful (or mid-aged) present, and utilize this aged wisdom?

Having said that, apparently Baby Boomers are a bit of an unhappy bunch (according to the same studies), perhaps because life has spoiled them. (I hereby admit to a bias towards Baby Boomers, since their generation’s consumption has almost single-handedly depleted the planet, among other reasons.) Beyond that though, the tendancy in many cultures to respect the elders and take their wise advise culled from experience, is a lost one – and a good one. Next time you see Gramma or Grampa, maybe ask them for some lessons in happiness -and living- that they’ve picked up along the way.