Be grateful: your tiny tip for a happy, healthy old age

Small pohutukawa tree in a pot, decorated with red bows and a Peruvian creche below

Thank you to Martha Hendricks for agreeing to share this tip, a timely one for the season.

Q: Imagine a younger person telling you they want to achieve a happy, healthy old age. Give your very best tip, in 30 words or fewer.
A: Be grateful for every good thing that is in your life, in spite of limitations that may arrive.

Q. Why did you choose to share that particular tip?
A. (Martha) I have found, in my 70s, that gratitude always gets me out of a time of feeling sorry for myself. Keeps life positive even in tough times.

Q. How old are you?
A. 75–84

Q. Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?
A. Not really until I was about 75 and discovered 2 TED talks that changed my whole outlook on my elder years. Ashton Applewhite and Dr. Bill Thomas.

11 thoughts on “Be grateful: your tiny tip for a happy, healthy old age

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I am going to look for these TED talks soon. I love anything that can change us in our 70’s.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      What a terrific attitude!

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I loved that first TED talk. It inspired my writing for today.

  2. JT Twissel says:

    I know many people in their sixties and seventies who can’t slow down which is fine but I enjoy taking my time. I might not get everything done that I dreamt of but hopefully what I do finish will be unhurried and complete.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I like your attitude and self -awareness.

  3. Sadje says:

    I agree that gratitude really changes our outlook on life.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Yes,and fortunately (!) it can be learned.

      1. Sadje says:

        Yes, thankfully. 😊

  4. Cathy Cade says:

    I recently experienced a family weekend which brought me back to the family get-togethers we had when my children were young (only with the addition of four young grandchildren plus my nieces’ broods).
    I loved it. The rented house was spacious. I felt galvanised and – in spite of all the wonderful food people brought – I lost weight! (Not much, but I ate a LOT.)
    It was a great weekend.
    I’m grateful I don’t live like that full-time anymore.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      you have written a complete story in five sentences. That word “galvanizing” says a lot.

  5. hilarymb says:

    Hi Rachel – great thoughts … live at the pace we can manage … keep our brains and our bodies as active as possible … and as you say be grateful for all things going … happy times – and all the best for 2020 – cheers Hilary

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