The elderly have long decades of experience to pass on to the younger generation. Will you listen?
Millennials can spend so many years gaining experience slowly and making the same mistakes over and over. So it can be wiser to learn from older generations.
Listen carefully to these 10 brilliant pieces of advice from people over 70.
Act Like You Need Your Body For So Many Years
It’s not death that you should worry about; it’s a chronic disease. What you do when you’re young will haunt you when you get old.
If you’re still young, don’t abuse your body, take care of your good shape, maintain healthy habits, live right, and go to the doctor to keep yourself healthy. Treat your body as if you’ll need it for 100 years.
Don’t Worry So Much
Since the American Psychological Association began conducting its annual Stress in America survey, older adults have had the lowest stress levels among the generations.
Maybe millennials should chill, take the advice from an old lady on her 101st birthday:
“I don’t let anything upset me, especially traffic. I don’t like stress. I can’t stand arguing. If anybody is fussing, I’m gone. I like to be around positive people, people who lift you up, not bring you down.”
Find Romance In Small Things
We hear about unconditional love and 50-year-long marriages and think “what’s their secret?”
Perhaps it’s that they appreciate every moment they live beside each other and create their own romance in the little things.
So, try to find comfort in the very small aspects of your relationship like holding hands and giving flowers.
A Job Is A Job
People always tell us that we should find a job that we enjoy or else we won’t find happiness in life. WRONG!
Sometimes you just have to work and your job doesn’t have to be fun; you work to make money, which allows you and your family to enjoy a decent lifestyle.
If you find a fun job, great! But don’t expect to find one all the time. That’s just not how life works.
Of course, if you’re stuck in a bad job, it’s best to try and make the most of it until you go to another job.
Don’t Go To Bed Angry
You might have heard the famous relationship advice “Never go to bed angry.”
This old advice may seem obvious but it’s actually true. Early communication is the key to a long and happy relationship. Opening up to each other, especially about things that bother you, and listening carefully to each other is one big secret ingredient to a healthy marriage.
Don’t make your better half have to play guessing games to know what exactly you need so you don’t go to bed angry.
Avoid Getting Into Debt
No one likes debts, but we find ourselves forced to it sometimes.
But debt is not just owed money, debt means you have to work harder and longer, it causes worry and burden for you and your family, it consumes your time and energy and makes you feel like you work for nothing.
So, while you should work hard to pay debts (credit cards, phone bills, student loans, etc.), you should always avoid the rabbit hole of debt for a happier life.
Don’t Be So Serious About Life
Seriously, no one gets out alive after all. American comedy legend Carl Reiner has a running gag about life in his 90s :
“Every morning … I pick up my newspaper, get the obituary section, and see if I’m listed,” he jokes. “If I’m not, I have my breakfast.”
Save Money For Emergencies
While saving for retirement is definitely recommended, you should also save for a rainy day.
At the beginning of every month, try to set aside a portion of your pay when you get your paycheck so you don’t spend it before you get to save it.
Sandy B from A Place for Mom, says: “Always save a portion of your paycheck, because a rainy day is sure to come.”
Find A Partner Your Friends and Family Like
Seeking the right partner can be difficult, but your friends and family can help make just the right relationship choices.
Look to those people you trust the most and listen to what they have to say. Do they think you’re being treated well in the relationship?
Paying attention to how your partner treats other people may give you an idea of how they’d treat you. Take your time when it comes to love until it feels right.
Travel While You Can
“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be. Indeed, seizing the moment to travel when you’re young instead of waiting “ Said a 100-year-old woman named Brianna Wiest.
You only have one go-round on this planet, learn from elders, and appreciate each second you spend and waste no time.