Tiny tip for happiness after 50: say thank you

Dear glorious world, may I please stay a little longer?

Tiny tip: say thank you now.

On Saturdays I intend to post tiny tips for getting used to being grown up and preparing to make the most of life after 50. Or 60. Or 70. (I’ll stop there because I’m not quite 80.)

18 thoughts on “Tiny tip for happiness after 50: say thank you

  1. Glorious Image THANKYOU!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:


  2. Thank you! XX

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Oops, I should have seen that coming. Now I must accept your thanks and try to feel worthy… And so it goes.

  3. mpardi2013 says:

    While I understand your wish to stay a little longer, I have a different perspective. Since 1964 I have intensely studied what, much later, came to be called Near Death Experiences, working with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and Raymond Moody. This has absolutely no relation to whether there is or isn’t a god; that’s an entirely separate issue. What I and others like me have found is that there is a demonstrable case for non-corporeal existence and that existence may be enjoyed as a constantly available presence “in” this world. Simply put, “death” does not terminate our interaction with and enjoyment of the world, unless we want it to.

    Oh, yes, I do so much enjoy what our physical world has to offer. I’ve never accepted it when people say things like, “The weather is nasty outside.” The weather is doing what it needs to do, and it is glorious (I’ve lived in the Sahara desert, some jungles I won’t name, and some of the coldest places on Earth). I enjoyed them all, year round. But I do not doubt I will always be able to enjoy them, and probably more so.


    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Your experience throws light into dark corners and you write with authority on matters that are a mystery to me. I have read your words three times. You have by your own efforts gained privileged insights. Thank you for writing about this here.

  4. Sadje says:

    Great post. Love the idea.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    I look forward to these. I can use all the help I can get.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Same here!

  6. cedar51 says:

    I regularly debate issues, on my own “life meaning” – this more so since some issues from late last year – that weren’t solved until earlier this year. Certain other changes have slowly unfolded, most on the positive side. One area that had annoyed me was the insistence of friends/family about “why I shouldn’t…” and “was I eating…” now I listen, but don’t try to add my pennyworth. Rather when they are done; I move on with whatever… I recently said to myself “if it doesn’t work, I will have least tried it out…”

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Sounds like a workable attitude to me!

  7. There can never be enough thanks in the world, it seems to be going out of fashion. Instead many seem to want to moan, blame anyone but themselves for all and sundry, insist that “they” should do “something.”
    It costs nothing to say thank you, and can really lift the spirits of those you thank.
    Thank you Rachel, thank you to all WordPress friends, and thank you to all the unknown people doing all sorts of good in the world, and in our lives.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      You made me happy with your thanks, Peter. Thank you back!

  8. Oh please, can we bring back manners and treat each other with respect? Thank You Rachel.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Wouldn’t that be nice? You have just reminded me that in the olden days when I was a high school teacher, my most powerful tool for controlling difficult classes was extreme politeness. Respect seemed to beget reciprocal respect. I like that.

      1. I believe your Prime Minister is already leading the way.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I am delighted by all the people I come in contact with in the world. So many people are very unhappy and just need a little smile and some appreciation. I love seeing clerks relax especially if the person before me in line was a grump.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      And in turn their reaction makes you happy.

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