The later years in a person’s life are called the “Golden Years.” These are the years where you are free of the rat race and the daily grind. Instead, your days are filled with the laughter of grandchildren, the twittering of birds on a window ledge outside and lazy mornings spent lingering over a cup of coffee with your spouse. The little moments that you used to have to enjoy quickly before dashing off to work, a PTA meeting, soccer practice or a ballet recital now last longer. You can savor those moments.
Despite the joys that come with a person’s later years, some people insist on only finding the downsides of aging. These people focus on the fact that their joints are more delicate or that they can no longer lift as much as they once could lift. They complain about thinning hair, stiff fingers and an increased need to sleep. In doing so, they miss how many good things come with age.
It is not easy to shift away from a complaining mindset, but taking on a more grateful and thankful way of thinking will leave you happier and possibly healthier. If you are struggling to see the benefits of your many years, here are five positive ways to think about aging.