10 Life Lessons We Can Learn From the Elderly

10 Life Lessons We Can Learn From the Elderly

Today, a quick Google search will answer just about any question you have. Unfortunately, the answers to life’s most pressing issues aren’t found on any search engine. The answers come from life experience.

Today, a quick Google search will answer just about any question you have. Unfortunately, the answers to life’s most pressing issues aren’t found on any search engine. The answers come from life experience. What do you do when you need guidance now? Ask a senior citizen. Our elderly friends have lived long enough to witness multiple generations come of age. They are quite knowledgeable about what it takes to make it in life. Here are 10 valuable lessons I’ve learned from my senior friends:

Say “I love you” every day

Life is short. Make sure you tell your family and friends how much they mean to you every day. Throw in a few hugs and kisses as well. Showing your love goes a long way.

Invest in friendships

Your friends are your foundation. They are there for you through the best and worst times. Make sure you hang on to the good ones. The best friendships last a lifetime.

Fall in love

True love exists! Dive in and enjoy it. Nothing compares to experiencing love with your soulmate.

Make a plan

I’ve heard it time and time again, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. By no means does this imply that you must have your life completely mapped out. It does mean you need concrete goals and an idea of what it takes to achieve them.

Save for a rainy day

Be prepared for the unexpected. Tuck a few dollars under the mattress just in case you hit hard times. If your roommate leaves you hanging or you max out your credit cards over the holidays, it’s nice to know you have cash stashed to keep you afloat in a pinch.

Don’t take yourself too seriously

Life is tough. Being able to laugh at yourself helps you get through some of life’s most embarrassing moments.

It’s ok to cry

You’re human. Let it out. Crying is good for you. It doesn’t mean you are weak or that you can’t cope with life. Crying helps you relieve stress and overcome obstacles. At the end of the day, a good cry just makes you feel better.

Pay your credit cards in full every month

This one is a no-brainer, but many of us still struggle with it. Paying $15 each month is more appealing than the $400 total on your bill. In the long run, paying your cards in full will create responsible spending habits and help build a strong credit profile.

Ask for what you want

The squeaky wheel gets the oil. Never be afraid to ask for what you want and what you know you deserve. This applies to your relationships and career. Stand up for yourself and speak up and see how your life changes.

Forgive

Don’t spend your life holding on to anger and sadness. Holding a grudge forces you to live in the past. It steals your happiness and doesn’t allow you to live in the moment. Don’t let old feelings stop you from living in the moment. Forgive and move on.

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