16 Best Practices that Help Bring Contentment
in Old Age
Reaching early old age, which I personally define as 60, is both a happy
and sad time. The only thing, really, that makes it stand out is the
realization that your body is changing in ways that are not exactly
pleasurable. If you’re lucky, your mind stays the same as it was, let’s say,
on average, when you were in your early 20s after you have pretty
much established what you believe in. You still think along the same
lines. You still strive to get better, to produce what your skills are
pushing you to produce. You keep your younger heart.
Around this time, you see how people are starting to treat you a bit
differently than what you’ve grown accustomed to, and it feels
disturbing. And when you look in the mirror, the prospect of being
somewhat appalled occurs more frequently, like when you see a new
brown spot on your arm, for example. So, you become a stoic, because
there’s not much you can do about those brown spots accumulating on
In short, the physiological aspects of growing old are very sad. But, if
you’re mentally tuned in to the psychological and philosophical aspects
of growing old in a healthy manner, there are a good number of best
practices that lean heavily toward growing more content and happier in
your old age.
What are they? Below are 16 factors that bring contentment in old age
based on, of course, my own experiences that have worked well for me
at 65, so they will not apply to everyone.
1. Be thankful and try to take a “life is good” attitude.
2. Take pleasure in speaking the truth and sharing your wisdom, but
don’t overdo it. Stay humble.
3. Don’t let ageism get to you. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, so it seems
best to take a stoic approach to ageism.
4. Keep on keeping on. I say this all the time and all it means is don’t
give up. Keep putting forth an effort toward being a better human and
be open to realizing your faults and fixing them.
5. Be careful about over focusing on typically fleeting hedonistic
6. Continue to love your family unconditionally.
7. Look up at the sky more often, learn more about nature, and take
pleasure in the outdoors whenever you can.
8. Listen to your favorite music more often.
9. From a materialistic point of view, don’t think about what you don’t
10. Realize that everyone has issues you don’t know about, so treat
everyone equally, even those you might vehemently oppose for
political, or other, reasons. That doesn’t mean you should break bread
with folks you really disagree with, but simply don’t overly judge them.
11. Focus on what’s referred to as eudaimonic well-being, meaning, in
brief, working on a purpose in life that supports the greater good.
12. Be true to yourself. This is an important time in your life when your
authenticity should shine bright. The status quo should be meaningless.
13. Meditate more often, even if it’s for a brief few minutes each day.
14. Practice good diet and exercise routines for better health. Eating
right and exercising regularly are much more effective, IMO, than asking
your doctor to heal you and taking all kinds of meds.
15. Avoid overindulging in alcohol.
16. Be a life-long learner.
Thanks for stopping by,
“Be content with
what you have;
rejoice in the way
things are. When
you realize there
is nothing lacking,
the whole world
belongs to you.”
- Lao Tzu