Remember how you used to laugh so easily as a child. As you age you can also lose that joy. Keep happy and keep smiling. Here are some questions to get you thinking about changes you could make to help you be a little happier.
Take our little quiz and see if any of these answers fit or give you some ideas.
a. No thanks. Keep things as they are!
b. Yes anything would be better than this.
c. Depends, change seems scary to me.
We can’t control things that happen to us. Change really is the only constant in life. But if we adapt to things more easily and take time to adjust without fear, these changes that come with age may be a bit more bearable. The lines will creep across our faces with age, but each experience can give us happy memories to recall when we see those lines. The more we can accept change easily, the happier and healthier we can be.
a. I love people and want to enjoy good times with them.
b. I am determined to help a local cause and serve others.
c. I love quilting and enjoy meeting others who do it too.
Life is still ahead of you even if the your number of years is over 65. Some retire than and have more luxury and relaxation. Some are still inspired and passionate about continuing to work for decades longer if they can. Whatever you have happening in your days, take time to add activities you enjoy. Perhaps a lunch with friends each week, or a monthly outing in the countryside will seem enticing. Take in arts events with friends. Have something to look forward to on your calendar each day.
a. I have my book club. I enjoy it very much.
b. My church provides a wonderful group of friends.
c. I watch my little grandchild each week, and have a loving family.
We need people in our lives. Find yourself a larger community of some kind, religious, family social, hobby group, or online friendships. It can make such a difference when you can turn to them in the lonely moments. If you have more than one group to turn to, then you have many more chances to keep smiling.
a. I still want to travel to _____________.
b. I want to see my grandchild graduate!
c. I have so many books I still want to read.
Think of the most exciting things you can, and add them to that list. Why not try new things and go to new places? Even local excursions you haven’t tried before can bring moments of great joy. Having goals you want to accomplish can keep you engaged in life and with those around you.
a. I’m a creature of habit. I do exactly the same pattern each day.
b. I love dining out and try a new place each month!
c. I read a new book on my tablet each week.
Why not try a dessert for breakfast one day a week? How about mixing in some new show to watch? Why not try a new path to walk each day? Keep your brain sharp with diverse activities, and stimulate your thinking. Just changing a pattern and doing something new each day can really help your brain stay healthy.
a. I saw my grandchild yesterday and she made me smile.
b. I watched a funny dog video on my computer today.
c. We went out to dinner and laughed at all the stories.
Laughter is beneficial to the body, to the healing of cells. Laughter reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. It produces endorphins that help relieve physical pain and boost antibody-producing cells. The result could be a stronger immune system. Consider taking a laughter break each day. Make someone else laugh and laugh with them!
a. I went to the gym and swam yesterday. It felt great!
b. I’m afraid to get sweaty. I’d be too hot and sticky.
c. Not exactly sweaty, but I love to go walking each day after dinner.
No need to try a marathon, either walking or in a gym, but if you can find an enjoyable way to move around each day, staying active can help you stay happy. An aerobics class may work for you. Water aerobics can be very enjoyable and fun with others. Digestion improves with a walk after eating.
a. No ma’am, no salt on anything and I feel great!
b. Please don’t take away my salt. Nothing will taste good again.
c. I love to eat fresh food with different seasonings.
We lose bone density as we age. If you reduce or eliminate salt you can help reduce the bone loss. Many restaurants can accommodate a request to leave out the salt. You rule the salt use in your home, so why not start there with a change.
If you try this little challenge, please tell others about it.
Inspired by Homecare Assistance
Jaleh Neshat, Home Care Assistance, Raleigh, NC, where the focus is on The Balanced Care Method™ for home healthcare or care services in North Carolina. Read more how-to information on care in the home on the website.