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Top 5 Ways for Seniors to Lead Happier Lives

Updated 8/7/15 3:56pm | Alert1 thinks you deserve every bit of happiness in your golden years. Make the most of every day, no regrets, carpe diem. We’ve all heard this advice. Sure, it all sounds good, but how are we supposed to put that into practice?

Bronnie Ware used her work in palliative care to answer this question on her blog, ‘Inspiration and Chai.’ No matter your age, leading a fulfilling life means making conscious choices. Here at Alert1, we want to be your safety net so that you can focus on living a life that is fulfilling and full of happiness.

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Live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you

People tend to look back at their lives and see the things they wanted to accomplish and didn’t. The lesson to take from this: accomplish your dreams and goals now, before you no longer can. What are you waiting for? Are you facing pressure from family and friends? Recognize that they mean well, but it’s time to stand up for yourself and lead your life as you choose.

Spend less time working and take more time for yourself

People who are happy and active tend to live longer and more fulfilling lives. Make sure to spend time with friends and family. Schedule some ‘me time.’ Don’t forget about your hobbies. You can still travel to new destinations as a senior and fill your passport. It’s important to make time for the things you love.

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Have the courage to express your feelings

Many seniors hide their feelings because they don’t want to be a burden or disturb the peace. While this is admirable, it is important to be true to yourself. Relationships thrive with open and honest communication, not by withholding resentment.

Stay in touch with your friends

With our busy lives, it can be easy to lose contact with our friends. While maintaining your lifestyle and finances are important, it is your relationships with others that make life meaningful. As Ware puts it, “it all comes down to love and relationships in the end.” Seniors who use the internet can instantly check in on friends  and loved ones. It doesn’t have to take much time, you can simply say hi and see how they’re doing. You’ll be glad that you didn’t let your friends fall by the wayside.

Let yourself be happy

While we know not everything in life is sunshine and rainbows, being happy is a choice. As we age, we settle into familiar patterns. Examine your life: do all those things you do really make you happy? If they don’t, consider eliminating them. Don’t wait until you’re in those patterns so deep that you can’t get out. Choose to do the things that actually make you happy. Start noticing the rainbows.

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You deserve to enjoy your golden years, and we at Alert1 believe aging in place will help you do that. Don’t spend your time worrying about what will happen if you need help in an emergency, let Alert1 take care of that! Instead, spend your time doing the things you love, with the people you love. Choose happiness!