Life’s journey is a celebration! Maintaining a positive attitude on aging leads to longer, healthier, and happier lives. An optimistic outlook improves physical and mental health as well as social relationships. In addition, a positive outlook leads to acceptance and adaptability, which help Senior Citizens face new challenges with resilience.
What are the positive aspects of growing older?
There are a plethora of reasons to celebrate getting older. First, we become wiser and more confident through lived experiences with each passing year. We get to grow older and watch our children and grandchildren grow up. Plus, the longer we live, the more we have to give to the world.
Effects of a Positive Attitude on Aging
Positive thinking improves mood, reduces stress, and lowers the risk of disease. Moreover, an optimistic outlook helps us live longer, happier lives. A research article from the National Academy of Sciences suggests that optimism is an “important psychological resource for extending life span in older adults.” The analysis found that people with the highest optimism lived about 15% longer than those with the lowest. For example, optimistic people were more likely to reach 85. So think about it—a positive attitude can help you live longer.
Life is filled with ups and downs. When Senior Citizens are adaptable and accept changes, it’s easier to have a positive attitude about growing older. With the right mindset, we are ready to face whatever challenges come our way. In addition, a positive outlook makes us more open to learning from mistakes, striving toward our goals, and seeking new opportunities.
The Importance of Optimism
Optimism goes a long way in cultivating happiness in your life. Start by accepting the aging process as a natural part of life. While getting older has both positive and negative aspects, you can train your brain to have a positive mindset by focusing on the good things in life. Having a favorable outlook on getting older leads to better aging.
Positive social interactions play a big part in cultivating a positive attitude toward aging. When we spend time with optimistic people, it can’t help but rub off on us. At Anita’s Angels, our delightfully supportive CHHHAs alway go the extra mile. So, your Senior loved one will be healthy and happy. We are Families Helping Families. Let’s talk about how our family can help yours—call 908-788-9390.