Until 2029, around 10,000 people will reach retirement age every single day. While that number has implications for society and culture, it also means that tens of millions of people will make the transition from working adult to retirees.
If you’re one of those millions, you may find yourself wondering how you’ll become one of the happy senior citizens. There is some good news on that front. It’s not only luck that drives happiness in old age but also the decisions you make.
Keep reading and we’ll give you some key tips for maintaining your health and happiness as you age.
Learn New Skills
Senior citizens often hear they should engage their minds. It turns out, though, that the real key isn’t just engaging your mind. You must engage your mind in unfamiliar, demanding tasks.
That often means learning new skills. Pick out skills that require strong mental engagement, such as photography. Modern photography calls for learning and applying a range of technical skills, as well as making complex decisions.
Socializing is another key for happiness in old age. Engaging socially supports your overall well-being and reduces your odds of depression.
If you lack a strong socials support system where you live now, you can always consider joining one. Independent and assisted living communities, such as Best Life Care Communities, provide you instant access to a group of peers.
Stay Physically Active
Regular exercise offers you a lot of benefits, such as weight control and mood-boosting endorphins. That doesn’t mean you must become one of those senior citizens who runs marathons or does Ironman competitions.
Staying active with regular cardio exercises, such as a daily walk or swimming, is a great start. Ease into exercise if it’s new to you. It takes a while to build up endurance.
Do Some Retirement Planning
While this can mean financial planning, it should also mean you do some personal planning. Work dominates most of our adult lives. It gives us somewhere to go and something to do 5 days a week.
Once you retire, that ready-made use of your time evaporates. You should sit down and consider how you want to fill those hours post-retirement.
Some people decide that they’ll see the world. Others look for causes they can support. Knowing ahead of time that you won’t just end up sitting around the house all day can provide you with a sense of purpose.
Parting Thoughts on the Becoming One of the Happy Senior Citizens
Joining the ranks of happy senior citizens doesn’t depend entirely on or even primarily on luck. You can take an active hand in transitioning from working adult into happy retirement.
Do some planning in advance so that you’ll know what you’ll do on a day-to-day basis. Get into a routine of regular exercise and socializing. Make a list of new skills and start learning them.
These activities will support both your physical and mental well-being. Looking for more advice? Check out our post on healthy aging tips.