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Embracing Your 3rd Act: Cultivating a Positive Mindset for a Fulfilling Life after 70

By Helen Vella September 25, 2023 Lifestyle

Jane Fonda said, “When I was about to turn 60, I realized that I was approaching my 3rd act – my final act – and that it wasn’t a dress rehearsal.”

Entering your 70s, your 3rd act, is a milestone worth celebrating. It’s a time to reflect on a life well-lived and embrace the joys of aging. To make the most of this chapter of your life, it’s important to cultivate a positive mindset. Just turning 70 myself, I am definitely embracing this chapter.

Here we will explore valuable tips to help you navigate your 70s with grace, purpose, and fulfillment.

1. Embrace Change, a.k.a. Adaptability

Life is full of changes, and your 70s are no exception. Embrace the inevitability of change and practice adaptability. Be open to new experiences, explore hobbies or interests you’ve always wanted to pursue, and embrace technology – it is easier than you think to stay connected with loved ones and engage in lifelong learning.

2. Prioritize Self-Care

Taking care of your physical and mental well-being becomes even more crucial in your 70s. Prioritize self-care by adopting healthy habits such as regular exercise within your physical capabilities, a balanced diet, and sufficient sleep.

Engage in activities that bring you joy, practice mindfulness, and nurture your relationships to maintain a positive outlook. Maintaining good health becomes increasingly crucial in your 70s. Focus on a nutritious diet, stay hydrated, and schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider. Stay active; walking is a great way to keep everything circulating.

4. Cultivate a Gratitude Attitude

Gratitude has the power to transform your perspective in your 70s. Take time each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for. Express appreciation to the people who have supported you throughout your life. Keep a journal which you can re-read and remember all the things you are grateful for. An attitude of gratitude can bring immense joy and contentment to your daily life.

5. Stay Curious and Learn Continuously

Never stop learning! Your 70s provide an excellent opportunity to explore new interests and expand your knowledge. I recently took up crocheting again and find it relaxing especially, on train journeys or long bus rides.  Enroll in classes, read books, join discussion groups, or engage in online courses. A curious mindset keeps your brain active which is essential, fosters personal growth, and enhances your overall well-being.

6. Embrace the Wisdom of Experience

At 70, you have accumulated a wealth of life experience whether it is negative or positive. Embrace this wisdom and experience, recognize the value of your insights. Share your stories, mentor others, and contribute to your community. Embracing the role of a wise elder can bring a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment to your life. Record your life story to leave to the younger generation family members.

7. Nurture Social Connections

Maintaining strong social connections is vital for your mental and emotional well-being. Spend time with family and friends, participate in social activities, book clubs, walking clubs, games clubs and seek out new friendships. Joining community organizations or volunteering can provide a sense of purpose and create meaningful connections with others.

8. Practice Mindfulness and Inner Peace

As you navigate your 70s, it’s essential to cultivate inner peace and practice mindfulness. If you have never done this before it is worth a try. Activity such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises help to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Even spending 5 mins a couple of times a day is beneficial. Being present in the moment allows you to appreciate life’s simple pleasures and find tranquility amidst the busyness.

9. Set Realistic Goals

“Really,” you might say. “At 70 you want me to set goals?” Goals help you stay motivated and give your life purpose. Like your bucket list or visiting friends or growing things from seeds. The goals do not have to be too big, However, it’s important to set realistic goals that align with your current abilities and interests.

10. Embracing a Positive Mindset

Your 70s can lead to a fulfilling and joyful life. By embracing wisdom, nurturing social connections, staying curious, and prioritizing self-care, you can navigate this chapter with grace and purpose. Embrace the opportunities that come your way and make the most of this incredible stage of life. There is still plenty of life to live and age is just a number.

Your 70s are a time to savor life’s joys and reflect on your journey. Take the time to appreciate the beauty around you, whether it’s spending time in nature, enjoying hobbies, or creating art. Embrace the opportunity to reflect on your accomplishments and the legacy you want to leave behind. Personally, I have decided to travel and live my bucket list. How are you going to live the rest of your 3rd Act?

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What do you consider your 3rd Act? Have you started on it? What’s on your bucket list? Have you scratched off some things already?

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Enjoyed the article but what I’m wondering I’m 80 years old is this my 4th and final act made it thru my 70s with a broken hip and 2 operations on my RA twisted hands. Not to mention pandemic stayed isolated from family but made headlines of local newspaper for setting a goal and painting all 12 of my grandkids in my isolation. Just staring to get out last 6 months. Looking forward to what’s next.


I think you are still in your 3rd act and doing great. You have a great mindset and I’m sure you have a lot of exciting life still to explore.

Judith Louise

Does anyone else grow tired of these up, up and away articles? I often enjoy reading about other people’s experience. But at 70yrs of age with a rare spinal disease that doesn’t allow me to drive a car, go for a walk, go shopping or wine and dine as the 3rd act in my life, I am left wondering. In addition my soulmate husband of fifty two years has been in hospital for the past four weeks, seriously ill. Life did not bless us with children. Our finances have dwindled with health treatments. We do the best with what life has dealt us. We seek pockets of happiness within the stress of the 3rd act of our life.


I’m glad to see you are doing the best and searching out pockets of happiness. I too have spinal issues and was paralyzed and could not walk for almost 18 months. Recently I have been looking after my husband who recently died of cancer. We all have to do the best we can with the hand we are dealt with. Appreciate your comments and wish you well in your 3rd chapter.


Hi i am 77 and am still dancing and taking walks. I can’t say that my life has been roses. I was always being repremanded for something – had to baby sit brothers and younger sister (and wasn’t happy about it). so here I am divorced for 20 years, and thinking I need to still be out there doing whatever I please! my brother is in nursing home and I have his dog, wasn’t expecting that so now I am feeling like how do i just go about taking a trip for a day on a whim. i don’t have money to pay anyone to help with the dog and this has depressed me! any suggestions as to how i can feel a sense of freedom again, time is running out! yes, i love the dog but it has changed my life! thanks


I agree with almost all of your thoughts except “age is just a number” from a tv commercial. I like to refer to the majority of older people when speaking and at an advanced age, we cannot do all that we used to do and to lock onto the “age is just a number” unrealistic phrase is not truthful in my opinion. Many people at age 70 and beyond have serious physical and possibly mental health problems and many people pass in their seventies. Age is not just a number-it is different for each person and the majority may be limited in what they can do physically, mentally and also limited financially. The exception is the minority who are blessed with good health and finances.


I sooo agree. Health plays a Huge part!!


Definitely, Kate!

Judith Louise

100% Right Kate


True I agree and health issues can be sprung upon us for no apparent reason which is cruel. I would say though it is also very easy not to exercise, eat healthy and practice self care, at any age. The benefits of those three things are enormous.


Thank you Jena for your insights so true.


Thank you for your feedback. I too am 70 and appreciate your comments.


My 3rd Act for me can be described as self-actualization. Bringing all my experiences, talents and future dreams together to benefit society. Just living past 70 is reason enough to practice gratitude!


Totally agree Mindset is everything, thank you for your feedback.


I turned 70 in August. In addition to walking 3 miles five days a week, I added a HIIT workout to my routine and love it! YouTube has a variety of workouts for seniors and I love that I can do them from the comfort of my home.


Well done Kathi!


Staying active is so important and having the mindset that 70 is something to be celebrated. Thank you for your feedback.

The Author

Helen became a writer, speaker, and motivational specialist so she could make a difference by teaching from her personal experiences, intuition, and empowering tools. Her practice empowers individuals to update their mindset and strategies, understand their reasoning for the decisions they make, and transform their culture to reach the heights they have only dreamed of before.

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