10 ways to make your life fuller if you're over 50
Here are the ten secrets of living a fuller life if you're more than 50 years of age.
Everybody is aiming to discover happiness, and according to experts, happiness indeed comes from within.
Christina Jay, a life coach from Toronto, said, “Many people think if they get a new job, if they are in a perfect relationship or [if they win] the lottery, it will make them a happier person."
“The bottom line is that happiness comes from within and you cannot expect something outside of yourself to be happy,” she added.
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Below are the tips on how to be more joyful on your day-to-day.
1. Make a list of appreciation
Jay told Global News, “Sometimes we forget the things we are grateful for in our lives. By taking a moment and simply listing all the things in a journal can make us feel instantly happier.”
2. Avoid toxic people
“Negative people who always see the glass as half empty, waste time complaining about what could or should be instead of trying to improve their situation,” said Jay.
3. Spending time with loved ones
Not spending enough time with their friends and family is one of the greatest regrets people have on their death bed, Jay said.
"The strengths of our relationships show how happy we are in general,” she added. “People who are married with families also show to have higher levels of happiness.”
4. Accepting your feelings
“Some people take more time engaging in activities to avoid feeling sad or angry and it leads them down a terrible path of destruction," Jay explained. "Allowing yourself to feel your feelings can make you better assess the situation as to what is making you angry or sad and understand yourself better.”
5. One day at a time
According to researcher Steve Maraboli, “Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest.”
6. Let go of your ego and enjoy life
“Ego is the absolute impediment to Dao. The sin is pride. If it thrills you that you’re enlightened then you’re ruined. Forget sharing it. You’re not pure enough to share it,” said ethnobotanist Terence McKenna.
7. Develop a support system
Build yourself a supportive network. You can start with your friends and family.
8. Laugh so hard
“A good laugh heals a lot of hurts,” as writer Madeleine L’Engle wrote.
9. Be selfish
Sometimes, it's not wrong to say no when people request favors. You will be a more powerful individual if you take time for yourself.
10. Be giving
Doing things for others fills your heart. You don't really need to give the majority of your time or all of your money to other people, but offering back to your community adds to your life.