10 Tips to Make Life Meaningful

 

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

After retirement, without a clear reason to get out of bed each day, some older adults lose interest in life. Life seems to lose meaning and the older adult becomes depressed, anxious, and may entertain the idea that life is no longer worth living.

Below are 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 social media, 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 that will give you 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 our personal relationships and engagement in life with activities and persons 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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©2014 Pamela D. Wilson, All Rights Reserved.

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