A senior woman with a dog and coffee sitting outdoors on a terrace in summer.
A senior woman with a dog and coffee sitting outdoors on a terrace on sunny day in summer.

A 92-year-old’s Advice on How to be Happy

I read something a 92-year-old woman recently wrote and provides great perspective for all of us on life and happiness.

She wrote:

“Happiness is something you decide ahead of time. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice.”

“I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot happiness in the bank account of memories.”

I love this perspective. We often think of happiness as just a result of things that happen to us, versus we have a say in it. That it’s a choice to be happy. To wake up that day, choosing to be happy – even in difficult times and circumstances. And the more happiness we allow into our lives, the more will have to draw from.

**Eric has his Masters in Counseling and when not on B105.7, works as a private practice counselor.**

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