Ever since I hit my 60s, I have continually woken up with a spring in my step that I haven’t had since my 20s — and I’m not alone. A 2016 study looking at the health data of 1,546 Americans published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed a “linear improvement” of mental health as participants aged.
If you’re younger than I am and still don’t believe that life gets better in your 60s, here are some big reasons to look forward to your next couple of birthdays!
Reasons to Look Forward to Your 60s
You understand who you are
I didn’t know what my true passions and hobbies were until I was in my 30s, and those big thoughts like “what is my gift to the world?” are finally becoming clear.
You have more time to pursue those big life questions
Retiring when I was 61 has allowed me to really focus on myself, including my passions and my goals. I can meditate at 12 in the afternoon if I want, or take a six-week painting class at the community center.
You know the secret to wearing heels
Always having a pair of backup sneakers in your bag or car!
You’re more at peace with your body
If you had told me at 30 that I would be OK with a few wrinkles and some sagging skin, I wouldn’t have believed you, but it’s happened. Even though I still take pride in my appearance, my focus has shifted from simply looking good to actually feeling good. For instance, due to some teeth issues, I had to get partial dentures a few years ago. I thought I’d hate them, but it turns out, life is so much easier now. Polident makes an Overnight Whitening Denture Cleanser that helps to remove stains, plaque, and 99.99 percent of odor-causing bacteria (when soaking only, in laboratory tests) in one simple soak. Not only does my smile look the best it’s looked in decades, but taking care of it is a snap.
You get to play with grandkids (and then you get to give them back)
My grandkids are a blessing in my life, and even though I love them with all my might, it’s nice to be able to hand them back off to my daughter after an afternoon of fun.
Senior discounts are real
These days, senior discounts don’t just mean a discount dinner at 4:30 in the afternoon. You can get them at movie theaters, at grocery stores, in drugstores, for travel, and even for hotel rooms. And no, I’m not embarrassed to ask, “do you all give senior discounts?”
Past experiences help you make better choices now
This is probably one of the main reasons I’m so happy in my 60s — the choices I make (whether it’s around friendships, my relationship with my family, or just in my day-to-day) are now much more informed. I know what’s worth the fight and what’s worth letting go. I also now truly understand the saying “don’t sweat the small stuff” and am so much more grateful for the everyday joys in my life.