BETTER WITH AGE

Here’s something to look forward to: There’s evidence that suggests we just get happier as we get older. Below, five women over 70 share what brings them joy.

“When I stopped working and started taking care of my grandchildren, I really realized what the small things meant. It’s holding my grandkids and having them fall asleep on me, or going to the playground with them. My focus has shifted away from material stuff.”

–Rae van Maanen, 74 Little River, South Carolina

“My passion right now is making dresses for orphanages around the world. I’ve made more than 2,500 dresses, and every time I make one, I think of the girl who’s going to be wearing it and her smile. That make me so happy. It’s not a big deal, but it is to me.”

–Anita Rocheleau, 84, Leesburg, Florida

“My work keeps me happy. I’m a writer and editor who plans to never retire. Even if I hit the lotto tonight. I would keep right on working.”

–Cynthia MacGregor, 76, Palm Springs, Florida

“I appreciate the simplest moments, I wake up each morning with a thankful heart and a morning ritual of drinking coffee with our cat, Mr. Wiggins, in my lap, and my husband of 58 years by my side. this relaxing hour every day gives me a calm start to the day.”

–Anna Ruth Cheek, 79, Taylorsville, Kentucky

“I know myself better, am more comfortable in the world, feel less pressured to do things I don’t want to do, and I take risks I wouldn’t have taken when I was younger. The biggest freedom has come from not caring as much what people think of me. I’ve grown into wanting to please myself more.”

–Karen R. Koenig, 72, Sarasota, Florida

Published by Zakieh Amer

I'm a housewife, and mother of a 6 year old dog. I don't have kids.

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