Choose happiness—tiny tip for younger people who want to be happy and healthy in old age


Smile or frown: that’s one choice we have

Here’s a powerful message to anyone who would like to achieve a happy, healthy old age. If it seems challenging to you, maybe that’s a good reason for quietly considering it now, when you have so many years of life ahead.

Happiness is a choice (choose it!), health is a result (do what needs to be done to achieve it).

Why did Janis at retirementallychallenged choose to offer this particular tip? She says:

Outcomes don’t magically happen. We have a lot of control over them.

For many people, happiness does not come naturally, but with help we can learn new habits of thought, and start making small decisions that are also new. Nobody is joyful 24/7, but happiness, I think, can be the sum total of many many tiny little joys, which is achievable. Thanks Janis!

Retirementally Challenged: Janis’s blog

8 thoughts on “Choose happiness—tiny tip for younger people who want to be happy and healthy in old age

  1. I agree that happiness can’t be a constant state, but only the result of small moments we decide to cherish.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I was realizing the other day that I am 72 and I really don’t want to waste my brain with the idiocies of the American president. I choose sanity which leads straight to happiness.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Good decision, Elizabeth.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        It sure has freed up my head.

  3. What a surprise to see my blog mentioned in your post. It was certainly an outcome that I had very little influence in, but it is much appreciated! I think this is a great time of year to think about how we will choose happiness and achieve health (and, as Elizabeth said, keep our sanity) going forward.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thank you for completing my little survey (what advice would you offer someone younger…) and permitting me to use it. Clearly it has struck a chord with readers here.

  4. I absolutely adore your blog, thankyou for bringing such freshness into words. Blest.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s a lovely message to start my Saturday morning thank you!

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