These 5 Things Can Bring New Happiness to Seniors

Senior with cat for the article These 5 Things Can Bring New Happiness to Seniors Retirement can be exhilarating, but for some seniors, it may be less fulfilling than anticipated. Time can weigh heavy and after a while, it may seem as if life is passing you by. But if your life seems to be more humdrum than woo-hoo, there are ways to get back in the game and make your own happiness. 

5 things to bring new happiness to seniors

1. Meaningful volunteer work and hobbies

Feeling the gratification and happiness that comes with a job well done is something that can become elusive in retirement. Before that happens, though, take a minute to consider ways you can regain those feelings by finding new ways to find joy and fulfillment.    One of these is through volunteering. Helping others or working for a cause can almost instantly fill the void, introduce you to new friends and, according to the forbes.com article, “11 Meaningful Ways Older Adults Can Volunteer Right Now,” may improve your overall health and well-being.    Another possibility is to take up a hobby. Learning something new, being creative, challenging your brain or body, and honing your skills can be great ways to find happiness in retirement. Among the many options for seniors are hands-on hobbies like sewing, knitting, painting, gardening, or woodworking, or try learning a new language, taking life-long learning classes, writing stories or poems, or athletic endeavors like swimming or pickleball. For more ideas, the ijustretirednowwhat.com article “16 of the Best Hobbies for Seniors (with Resources to Get Started)” can help.  2. An active social life Another key to happiness in retirement is a rich social life. If you, like many seniors, feel more isolated and lonelier than ever before, you may also be at risk for a variety of health problems. According to the ncoa.org article, “Navigating Social Isolation and Loneliness as an Older Adult,” isolation and loneliness increase your risk for hypertension, heart disease, obesity, depression and anxiety, cognitive decline and a weakened immune system.  There are many ways to socialize more and make new friends including many of the activities noted above, and joining a club or Silver Sneakers class, visiting local senior or community centers for classes, games or speakers, contacting an old friend and renewing the relationship, or getting involved at your place of worship. Another option is to forge new relationships with family members like kids or grandkids who may appreciate a little happiness too.  

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3. Being a pet parent

 While human friendships take time and effort, pets offer almost instant judgment-free love and companionship for seniors. The happiness that comes with owning a pet also translates into health benefits like lower blood pressure, lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, decreased loneliness, and more opportunities for exercise and socialization. Even if being a full-time pet owner isn’t for you, consider part-time options like pet sitting for family and friends or fostering a pet through a local shelter or an organization like bestfriends.org.

4. Love

Love isn’t something only for the young but there remains a perception that seniors don’t want or need love to find happiness. But love isn’t exclusive to marriage and according to the time.com article, “Why Older Couples Don’t Need Marriage to Have Great Relationships,” more and more seniors are finding happiness in loving relationships without tying the knot and remaining financially autonomous.   Finding love has also changed for seniors who now have a variety of online dating sites just for them. Of course, dating sites like those listed in the forbes.com article, “Best Dating Sites For Seniors In 2024,” require a measure of caution. As with all things internet-related there are plenty of scammers out there and they are very good. To start out dating with your eyes wide open check out the aarp.org article, “Dating Safety in Age of Technology.”

5. The right home

Aging in place may be your preference but are you in the right place? Large family homes may not be the best choice for retirement due to all the inherent obstacles to aging safely like stairs and steps, narrow doorways and hallways and other factors that hamper accessibility. Downsizing to a smaller home, apartment or condo is one option but another to consider is a senior living community.   As noted in our blog, “Is Independent Living the Right Retirement Choice for Me?” senior living communities offer a carefree lifestyle, and great amenities and services free from all the responsibilities of homeownership. Best of all residents of senior living communities can easily embrace happiness thanks to all the opportunities for socialization and the support they receive to pursue their goals and dreams.    Don’t let happiness pass you by. For more information, download our informative guide, Just the Facts: Independent Living.  Just the Facts, Independent Living Guide

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