1-11-11 Today’s unique date only comes around every 100 years. But ask people how they feel about getting older, and they may probably reply, “old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative”. Stiffening joints, weakening muscles, fading eyesight and the clouding of memory seem a fearful prospect. But the surprising part happens as people move towards old age. Yes, they lose things they treasure—vitality, mental sharpness and looks—but they also gain what people spend their lives pursuing: happiness.
Research has shown that people are least happy in their 40s and early 50s. But they reach their lowest point at a global average age of 46. Then the happiness scale goes dramatically up as the joy of getting old is finally realized. Because with age brings on wisdom, wisdom brings on acceptance, acceptance brings on focus, and focus brings on better choices and results, which bring on happiness. And happiness doesn’t just make people happy—it also makes them healthier. Happier people are more productive, too. Your happiness is a reflection of your inner world, and not by your external influences.
So, today I am grateful to celebrate my allowed happiness on my 46th birthday, knowing that now my life really begins. I’m ready to go out in the world as Dave, The Gratitude Guy, and make a positive difference in the world. This is something, if you asked me two years ago, I would never had thought possible. My life has changed in oh, so many ways, and to just realize, it all started when I decided to allow myself to live a life of gratitude.