Everyone dreads getting older. Sure, we all get weaker and our bodies deteriorate to varying degrees. But didn’t anyone tell you all the advantages of aging? Life becomes a lot more fun with the passing of the years. Take a look at these five wonderful things that come with age.
Happiness increases with age.
Studies have shown that happiness is actually at its lowest for people in their mid 30s to mid 40s. A Pew Survey found that as many people age, they discover that life turned out better than they expected.
Migraines are reduced or disappear completely.
Migraines have been found to disappear completely with age. According to a study by the Gothenburg Migraine Clinic in Sweden, 80 percent of patients reported fewer migraines that were less painful and shorter in duration. Thirty percent of patients reported migraines disappearing completely as they got older. That’s something to say for getting older, isn’t it?
The quality of sleep increases with age as well.
Sometimes, a senior will complain that their sleep isn’t as good as it could be. This could be due to illness. According to the Center of Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania, people in their 70s and 80s had the fewest complaints about sleep. Therefore, if a senior is complaining about not sleeping well, they may want to see a doctor.
With age, comes experience. The passing of years, making numerous decisions, and experiencing life adds up to increased confidence. Older people have the insight to weigh different sides of an argument, see different points of view, and suggest compromises. Seniors understand that one does not always have to be right, that there is value in losing a few battles in order to “win the war”. Like taste buds, an older person’s ability to judge what’s important, and to accept others as they are, becomes more fine tuned.
It’s not the end of the world! Wrinkles on the faces of seniors tell their story. Each wrinkle represents the life experience that we have been talking about. As ego’s subside, and materialism fades into the distance, these wrinkles are the evidence of a senior’s place in life. They should be worn with pride.