There is a big difference between being alone and being lonely. Being alone is a state of being. Being lonely is a state of mind. The truth is that you don’t need to live with someone in order to have an active and happy social life. At the same time, there is absolutely nothing wrong with looking for love at 60, 70 or 80 years old.

Judi Dench in loveA recent article in the Daily Mail highlighted the fact that there are many paths to happiness after 50. The article explains that Judi Dench is having the time of her life with her partner David Mills. As she said, “It’s wonderful to be in love… That state when you’re glad to see somebody and they make you laugh and you just like being with them.”

Bill Nighy is singleBill Nighy, on the other hand, insisted that he is happier alone. Without a romantic partner in his life, Bill feels free to do all of the “little things” that make him happy. Now, in fairness, as a famous actor, Nighy has access to more social activities than most of us, but, his perspective is still valid.

What is important to take away from this article is that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to find happiness after 50. The important thing is to decide what is important to you and dedicate yourself to it heart and soul. If you still want to have a romantic partner, don’t give up on love. If you are happier living alone, make sure that you still get plenty of social contact in other ways.

Just for fun, here’s a look at the film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which Judi Dench and Bill Nighy appear in together. The film is on our Boomerly list of 2015 movies that will change the way that you look at aging. Please watch the trailer and join the conversation at the end of this article.

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