Finally, a sense of meaning or purpose is another key to a long life. Among U.S. adults, those who live to 80 tend to live longer. Adults who reach the milestone of age 80 live an average of eight to 10 years longer than others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) writes. The purpose is the key to getting there.
Purpose can mean anything from art, improving a favorite hobby, taking care of a pet, picking up a new skill, or learning a language.
Setting goals (small or large) is important, and it is wise for aging Americans to determine what they derive meaning and purpose from after retirement.
Journaling or talking this over with friends or family can help. Trying new things helps, too. It is perfectly reasonable to list items that pique your interest, try them out for a long time, and rule out the things you don’t like. Don’t forget to make a note of the things you do enjoy.
People are happiest in their late 60s and up. Make the most of the best years of your life–and live longer, too! With solid relationships, a CDPAP program or aging-in-place strategy, spending plenty of time outdoors, and creating meaning as you age.