Myths About Happiness and Aging

Myths About Happiness and Aging

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Studies have shown that there’s a strong link between your happiness and aging. People who are happy don’t age as fast as people who just don’t enjoy their lives. One of the reasons for this is because people who are happier tend to be healthier than people who aren’t.


They’re healthier because they’re proactive with their lives rather than simply accepting what will be will be. They don’t give in to all the myths about happiness and aging. There are a lot of common myths floating around about aging and far too many people buy into these myths as the truth.

One of the
myths is that there’s nothing you can do about your body’s aging. This isn’t
true. There are plenty of things you can do to make sure you help protect the
length of your telomeres, which are a good indicator of your lifespan.


You can protect
the length by eating right, exercising, getting rid of stress and focusing on
things you enjoy and that make you happy in life. Another common myth is that
as you grow older, you’ll experience worsening emotional health.


This isn’t
true. You can be proactive and do things that make you happy. It’s also a myth
that once you grow older, you should retire because you’re no longer as
desirable to employers as younger people are.


Keeping a part
time job can be beneficial to older people because of the social interaction
and the boost in happiness. There are plenty of employers who are looking for
older people because they know older employees are more mature and less likely
to blow off showing up for work.


Getting older
equals become crabby or negative is a myth. Older people don’t automatically
become snappish and unhappy. As you get older, you’re going to have trouble
with your cholesterol and your blood pressure is another myth people buy into.


Happiness is
what affects your health, which in turn affects your aging. Happier people have
lower blood pressure and tend to take better care of themselves, which means
better cholesterol management.


It’s a myth
that growing older means you can’t have plenty of experiences, both
extraordinary and ordinary. As someone who’s growing older, you know the value
of the big moments and the little moments in life.


You know that
it doesn’t take a lot to be happy, that you can find enjoyment in all areas of
your life. A myth about aging says that when you grow older, you need to start
limiting what you do.


They say you
shouldn’t travel and you shouldn’t get involved in activities like
volunteering, mentoring or teaching. But growing older gives you a great
opportunity to travel, to start a second career and to do things you enjoy.


It’s a myth
that you need to be careful with your body as you get older, that because
you’re aging, you shouldn’t engage in cardio or high intensity workouts. You
can exercise and you can exercise heartily.


Many older
people discover that they can get in better health in their 60s than they were
in when they were in their 20s. Exercising can prevent cells from dying off. Be
as active as you can be.


Another myth is
that you should spend most of your free time with your family. Limiting social
interaction isn’t good. You need to have a circle of friends outside of your
family. People who do this find that it boosts their happiness level.


It’s a myth that
you shouldn’t engage in group activities. Getting involved in regularly
scheduled activities with other people not only helps prevent cognitive
decline, but staves off loneliness and boosts happiness.


When you get
older, it’s too late to be in a committed relationship if you’re not already is
a myth. Having someone in your life that you can partner with can raise your
level of happiness.


You should just
live however you want with no goals in mind is a myth. When you have a reason
or a sense of purpose to your days, it can raise your level of enjoyment out of
life – especially if you’re helping do something for others such as
volunteering to help tutor teens or serving food to the homeless.


Other common
myths are that it’s too late to give up a bad habit such as smoking or
excessive alcohol consumption. It’s too late to start exercising. It’s too late
to change your life. It’s okay to let yourself go. It’s never too late to reach
for happiness and in the  process extend
your life expectancy. 

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