10 Steps For Happiness at Any Age

Handling Life As We Age

Age is something that is inevitable. Age is not a bad thing, with age comes knowledge, experience, wisdom, and understanding. Age also brings, wrinkles, weight that does not want to come off, skin that does not want to bounce back, hair that changes to texture/color and style, aching bones and muscles, and responsibility to know right from wrong, make good choices and take care of yourself.

For some, age is easily dealt with, but for others it can be an emotionally tantalizing experience. Age can bring on regret for what our youth lacked or what we feel we missed out on. Many have a hard time with aging as looks change and the feeling that they have lost their beauty settles in. Since we cannot avoid getting older, how can we handle life as we age?

It is going to happen, and you can not change that!

We start here- and move forward aging as we go
We start here- and move forward aging as we go | Source

Age and be happy, even if you are not happy about aging

Step One of handling life as we get older is; do not live in regret. Living in regret will keep you from being happy, add to stress and progress the aging progression. Find a way to come to terms with who you are and what life offers, and all of your experiences. If you feel like you missed out on fun, STOP! If you want to think that way, you will never experience the pleasure and fun that being this age can hold. Have fun, here and now- you cannot change the past, so stop feeling sorry for yourself and wishing that you could.

Step Two of handling life older than we were yesterday; Sleep… Sleep is essential for a youthful appearance, as well as energy. If you do not sleep enough, age will certainly kick your butt much sooner than you will be ready for it to.

Enjoy the age that you are NOW...

Every age brings something to the table that the last one didn't.
Every age brings something to the table that the last one didn't. | Source

Exersise is so very important...

Stay Fit... Run when you can...
Stay Fit... Run when you can... | Source
and dance often
and dance often | Source

If you are expecting it to last, take care of it so it will

Step Three handling life older and wiser is; dress your age. Nothing says grandma more than a floral printed Mumu, or someone attempting to look good in their teenager child’s clothing. Grown men should not show their boxers, wear backwards caps or sandals with socks. On the other hand, grandpa pants that are pulled up to their nipples with white knee high socks and loafers are also fashion statements that age any man. Dress your age, not younger or older than you are. You will not look like a teenager, but you will look like a presentable representative of your current age.

Step Four to handle life and getting older; work with what you have, and take care of it before you lose it. Once again, this is you here and now, no one cares about how you use to look or how you will look in five to ten years. If you are having regrets from partaking in such things as tanning, perming, and partying, that is good. Now regret it and move on, you can’t go back and take it back, so work with what you got now. Wear SPF every day. Moisturize your skin every night. Use wrinkle cream before you have wrinkles, and if you have problem skin, don’t pick at it, treat it. Many adults neglect their skin as they did as teens. This is not good. First of all, when you were a teen, your skin healed quickly, now… not so much. Seek advice from a dermatologist and go from there. Don’t create more havoc than needed for your skin tone.

Be happy with where you are and who you are

Smile...and love your life
Smile...and love your life | Source

Support means so much for so many

Step Five to being a better older you is taking care of your body. Five pounds here or there was no big deal at 18 years old. At 35 years old, five or ten bounds here or there, is the extra layer of cushion you have on your tushy these days, and it isn’t as easy to get that worked off as it once was. Exercise now, to spare yourself the saddle bags now and later.

Step Six to a more youthful looking older age is for the ladies only. (At least I hope so). Wear a bra, and wear one that fits you the way that it should fit you. Nothing says I am getting old quite like nipples that rest beside your belly button. Keep em' up and supported ladies, they will go south soon enough, no need to help them there.

Do Not Fake What You Do Not Have....Please!

Step Seven for staying young longer is for the men only (again, at least I hope so). No comb-overs… if you are balding… just let it go. If the hair club is not your thing, shave your head. Bring sexy back with a short buzz cut or clean shaven sexy scalp. No matter how much you wish you still had hair, a comb over us doing nothing good for you at all.

Step Eight for aging with grace is growing as you age. Intelligence is sexy, and as we age we have more and more opportunity to learn. Take it in, and keep up with the times. Knowledge is power, and with the past and present in your hands…you could have yourself a whole lot of power if you are wise enough to never stop learning.

Age is nothing but a number...

It is just a number, you decide how to deal with it.
It is just a number, you decide how to deal with it. | Source

And now for the finale...

Step Nine for being good at any age is surrounding yourself with others that are your age. When you are 40 years old, do you honestly think that dating a 20 year old is going to make you feel young? Probably not. You will probably end up feeling older as you find yourself surrounded by lingo and views that are 20 year olds. Being around people closer to your age will not only help you feel better about yourself, but you will probably begin embracing your age.

Finally, Step Ten for living life better at any age your are is, continue setting goals for yourself and your life. When we have goals, regardless of our age, we find we feel more fulfilled. Goals at every age are important. Without a goal, what is the point of living anyways?

Beauty and age, although recognized on the outside, are much better judgments made from what is in the inside. Love yourself, and others will love that about you, and your life will feel blessed, and age won’t be anything but a number. Happy Aging Everyone… No matter how old you are- you are looking good…

You only have one life....live it well

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Really lovely hub, thanks HC.


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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

Very nice.


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Sams Spot 5 years ago

Great advice, I couldnt agree more, its the inevitable, live with it you have no choice


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Versatile Health 5 years ago from San Diego

Really nice hub, well put in so many ways! Keep up the awesome work!


mtsi1098 5 years ago

I agree...look forward in life and never back. Age is a good thing because that means the longer you are still around in the world...last thought...If I bald then so be it (I am keeping my body the way it was created)...I enjoyed this thanks


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shoaibgmail 5 years ago

An interesting topic like this really enhances reader's mind to have more effective decisions over a certain issue.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

These are great tips, and I feel better having just read them. I will feel really great when I put them into practice. Thanks.

Namaste.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Paradise7 - thanks, sorry took me so long to respond to all the comments- work is kicking my butt left and right. I do however appreciate the comment- thanks for reading !


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

@susannah42 - thanks for reading!

@Sams Spot- so true... there is no choice but to live with it... or die trying to :)

@Versatile Health- thanks so much for reading, very happy that you liked the hub :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

mtsi1098- as always thanks for reading :) I am glad you enjoyed it. Life and age are gonna happen- even if we are against it... better to deal with it gracefully :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

shoaibgmail - Thank you for the read and I think these tips are what we already know... just need to remind ourselves of once and awhile


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Deborah Demander- thanks :) glad i can help out :) thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Great Hub. You are right - staying positive and setting goals is key. Rated up - I'm a fan.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

suziecat- thanks for your comment and the rate up! So glad that you found it...


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jjexon 5 years ago

very nice work dear

Thanks


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Nan Mynatt 5 years ago from Illinois

I love your hub, be what you are not what you ain't! We see it happening all of the time, and I try to stay on the real side. Age will come if we live long enough, and I want to live. Therefore I still write and try to add a new venture to my being. Please check out my movie.

http://NanMynatt.OneGreatMovie.com. Work smarter not harder! I marked you up!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

jjexon, thank you! Glad that you enjoyed the reading and the tips :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Nan Mynatt, Thanks Ma'am... I was able to look at part of the video...Skinny Fiber and $$$... I will go back and finish it up later today-thanks for the link :)


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bornblond8dg 5 years ago

This was an really awesome hub...absolutely love Tim McGraw at the end...i'm a fan!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

bornblond8dg - thank you, and GREAT... Always a great thing to earn another fan :) Hoping to earn some more, so when I can publish my book... can sell at least a few copies (besides the ones my family will by) lol.... thanks again, I am glad you enjoyed my work :)


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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

What a wonderfully inspiring hub. Thank you so much.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Esmeowl12

Thank you so much for reading and for commenting on this hub. I truly appreciate the feedback.


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fucsia 5 years ago

Great Hub! I like and I am agree with all the steps you have described, but I think that the last is the most important: " When we have goals, regardless of our age, we find we feel more fulfilled." This is true and it is true at any age.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

fucsia- thank you for your comment. I think you are right, goals are very important in the pursuit of happiness...when we stop striving for more, we are not living for much. thanks again for reading and for commenting :)


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

HC,

i understand many of these items #9, with me working with the younger folks now - you never really feel old until they start talking- bras are good for women at any age....yes....

TH


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pearpandas 5 years ago from Vancouver

Great list, love the pix!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

TH- I never gave age much thought or thought that I was more in tune than others until I found myself speaking to a 23 year old who was saying how stressed she was. (she lived at home with mom and dad-had her car/cell phone/ and bills paid by them) she was stressed over a guy who hadnt called her back in 2 days... I am glad when my phone doesnt ring for two days..lol...and if I had her stress, i wouldnt be so stressed now :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

pearpandas- thanks! I am glad you enjoyed the hub!


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

HC,

as they say "youth is wasted on the young".

TH


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

You have that right-

Youth is wasted on the Young. Money is wasted on the rich. Power is wasted on the ignorant. And the rest of us have no choice but to be and to survive each day :) Thank you sir for the comment :)


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

HC,

Sir?

did you mistake me for someone else ?although i uess i am old enough to be a sir....no... not till nextmonth...I'll be 40...

hAHA

TH


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

TH, lol. I Apologize - I call everyone sir, including my 4 year old... it is habit :)

Besides, 40 is the new 30 and 30 is the new 25.... Age is not in the number- but the spirit :)


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

HC,

No sweat... but my "new" 40 is more like 75 since my 37 was like 73 LOL

TH


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

TH- lol.. well that is not good... but i totally feel you on that one :)


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

HC, at least we still have our looks...

:)

TH


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

tom, and when our looks go, there is always photoshop to keep up a good image for our online profiles... :) :P


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Ramzeed 5 years ago from Maryland

H.C Porter I love your hub. Makes me laugh a lot and you have a good use of wording. I believe that your personality is apart of how you dress and if a person doesn't want to be perceived in a certain way then why dress the way you do? Great Hub!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Ramzeed

true, personality is shown through our style and choices we make to display our individual personality with clothing is always an indication of who we are within... but if we are wanting to stay vibrant and youthful, dating our selves with poor style choices can hurt the main goal...I am not saying all 30 year old's or all 40 year old's should dress identical to one another...just think they should be conscience of their style choices and the image that they are portraying. :) Thanks so much for the comment, and for reading- I am very happy you liked the hub and I do appreciate the compliment on word usage and wording :)

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