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3 Gifts Life Has Given You When You Are 60 and Beyond

It seems that the more candles you blow out on your cake, the happier your life can be. Research has shown that, although many things supposedly worsen with age, older people often have a better sense of overall well-being. Here are three gifts that life has given you when you reach 60 that make you happier:

1. Life Has Given You More Confidence

Confidence comes from self-acceptance and less concern for pleasing others. At 60 and beyond, you’ve learned how far you can bend without breaking and when to push and be pushed. You know when enough is enough. Through your many life experiences you’ve learned how to brush off life’s small stressors, and you tend to care less about what people think. At retirement age, you stop keeping your voice down, and, sometimes after years of being silenced, you are self-assured enough to take a few risks. It is also true that with age comes wisdom. As you journey through life, you’ve learned to use life lessons as powerful tools to make decisions confidently.

2. Life Has Given You a Sense of Accomplishment

In early adulthood there a lot of decisions to be made and what-ifs to be answered like- where should I work, who will I marry, will I have children- the list goes on and on. Then, over the next few decades you strive to achieve your goals. Now that you are in your 60s, you can relax a little knowing that these what-ifs have been resolved. You now have a healthy sense of pride that comes from all of your accomplishments.

3. Life Has Given You Freedom

You’ve planned for this change. It can feel like a weight has been lifted when you leave a long-time job or career. Now that your children are own their own, you can unburden yourself from the responsibility of raising a family- you may also feel that the financial security that comes along with this also gives a sense a freedom. Freedom shows up in other ways, too. You no longer have to set the alarm clock- you get to move through the day to your own rhythm. You are free to reengage old passions and discover new hobbies.

You will be reminded daily of the gifts of Confidence, Accomplishment and Freedom that come in this season of life. Even on the days they don’t feel as prevalent, give thanks for the days when they are. As you journey through life, be sure to recognize the many other gifts life gives you when you are 60 and beyond.