10 Tips to Make Life Meaningful


By Pamela D Wilson MS, BS/BA, CSA, NCG

After retirement, without a clear reason or motivation to get out of bed each day, older adults may lose interest in life and seek tips to make life meaningful. Days can lose meaning and older adults become depressed, anxious, and may entertain the idea that life is no longer worth living.

Becoming socially isolated is a risk for health and well-being. If you find yourself out of sorts and feeling down, these quick tips to make life meaningful may help you recharge your life. 

10 Tips to Make Life Meaningful

1 – Research a new hobby or return to participation in a hobby you previously enjoyed

2 – Identify ways to make new social connections; investigate local groups and associations of which you might become a member

3. Make a difference—identify a volunteer opportunity and find a cause, a person, or something you care deeply about so much that you are willing to give your time

4 – Depending on the time of year, get outside and be active. Sunshine is a natural mood stimulant and exercise benefits not only the mind but the body

5 – Engage in the idea of “simulation” and what if, what if I did this, what if I did that? Imagining other life situations may inspire you to take action

6 – Read a book or take a class; learn something new and interesting

7 – Learn how to use email or social media channels, like Facebook, to find and communicate with old friends

8 – Partner with a friend or neighbor to establish a regular weekly activity

9 – Find a part-time job or volunteer so that you have a reason to get out of bed each day and if you don’t need the money, donate it to a worthy cause

10 – Establish a new family tradition, whether the tradition be a monthly dinner at your home, weekly phone calls, or gathering to bake cookies

Meaning in life is directly related to personal relationships and engagement in life with activities and people who matter. If you have become isolated or distanced from family or friends becoming re-engaged may take work, but it’s well worth the effort.

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