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5 tips for a happy old age

Updated on March 6, 2012

With Life Expectancy increasing, spending old age happily and peacefully has become rare and this cannot happen without certain preparations at a "not-so-old" age say in your 40s!

Here are 5 tips for a successful, peaceful and a happy old age:

1. Develop interest in reading religious books:

I know it is tough to develop reading habit at the age of 40, but this will definitely give you some guidance and relief as you age and enter your 60s. Reading books in general is a good diversion and religious books are the best as you progress.

2. Reduce interest in Money Making and other Monetary pleasures:

After a certain age, it is not definitely easy to make money except if you have a pension. Reducing interest in money making is one of the best tips to have a peaceful old age. As you age, your interest in monetary pleasures should be reduced as well thus accepting the scenarios of old age. Plan and start saving enough for a comfortable old age avoiding being dependent on your children for everything. This will reduce conflicts and tension with respect to the budgeting in the family.

3. Walking is the best exercise:

Ensure you go for a walk in the evening. You might visit a nearby temple or park, as this gives you some time for yourself and also exercise and some fresh air which is very essential as you age. Eat healthy food and develop a time table for yourself and follow it strictly especially eating on time. This will help you to stay away from health disorders and hence a happy old age!

4. Avoid advising unless asked:

Do not interfere in the decisions taken by your son/daughter or your son-in-law/daughter-in-law unless you are asked for an opinion. This will reduce lot of unnecessary conflicts and your dignity is preserved. Silence in old age is the best self medicine! Even when you have something sensible to talk the next generation does not take it in the right sense, so reduce talking in general. Indulge yourself in more productive activities.

5. Spend more time with kids:

If there are kids at home, spend more time with them as this will give you more happiness than anything and in turn the kids will develop a bonding with you. Narrate ethical stories and educate them with good principles and morals.

The last 2 points are more valid for old people in a joint family.The first 3 are the most ideal for all old people!

Old age is also known as second childhood, it totally depends on us if we want it to be spent like a kid, happy and carefree!


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    • Deepika Arun profile image

      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      He he :)

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      Disillusioned 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Seri Paatti! Nanna ChonneL Pongo!