Life Lesson | Self-Growth

Happiness Changes With Age, Self- love, Needs NO Justification

How happy are you? Most people have an answer to this question, and most of the time, it depends on their age.

Janice Eastman
6 min readMar 30, 2022

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Although happiness can mean different things to different people, there are some general trends as people get older that can help us learn more about ourselves and how we can be happier in life.

Here are the happiness factors that may change as you get older

Peace.

Peacefulness tends to come naturally when you’re young, but it’s common to become more practical as you approach middle age.

People in their 40s and 50s have far fewer regrets than those in their 20s and 30s and are generally more at peace. Consider giving up some of your inner youth to better understand how long-term happiness differs across different ages.

Happiness comes from living purposefully instead of carelessly or selfishly — even if that means making sacrifices for your future self. Is there anything I could be doing now to ease my life down the road?

Happiness isn’t about finding your passion

People believe that many things bring happiness — getting married, having kids, and finding your passion.

The biggest problem is that you can’t really control if any of those things happen to you (and most probably won’t). But there is one thing you can do: become happier from moment to moment.

Because even if you aren’t as satisfied as possible overall, we have strong evidence that it’s within your reach to be happier right now.

Happiness is something we build over time by measuring our accomplishments against our expectations and adjusting our goals accordingly over time.

Don’t mistake what I am saying — finding your passion is essential. But if you have to see it, you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of disappointment.

Happiness is not found in success

It is found in…

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Janice Eastman

From reading my writing, I hope you will begin to break down self-imposed barriers and find your authentic self in the extraordinary story of life.