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3 Unexpected Tips for Finding Happiness After 60 from Best-Selling Author, Gretchen Rubin

By Margaret Manning April 01, 2017 Mindset

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the topic of happiness.

In my conversation with Gretchen, we discuss how happiness is a dynamic activity that requires constant effort. We also discuss how to find happiness, even in difficult times, and the transformative effect that positivity can have on our lives.

Here are 3 unexpected tips for finding happiness after 60, based on my conversation with the amazing and insightful Gretchen Rubin. I hope you enjoy the interview!


Get Those 7 Hours of Sleep

A lack of sleep can have a direct impact on your mood, memory energy, focus, immune function and overall happiness. So Gretchen’s first recommended action is to try to get those 7 hours of sleep every night.

Even if you tell everyone that you “feel great” with just 5 hours of sleep, your brain says something else. It is also useful to remember that good sleep is mentioned by people being interviewed as they celebrate their 100th birthday.

Practice Light Exercise – It’s a Magic Elixir

Gretchen believes that when it comes to happiness and well-being, exercise is like a magic potion. It calms you down when you need it too and energizes you when you need it to. As a result, it is one of the biggest investments that you can make towards a happy state of mind.

Combine light exercise with nature and you have the perfect combination.

So, what are you waiting for? Do some gentle yoga, or lace up your running shoes and visit a local park or hiking trail. Don’t feel motivated to get started? Try the one-minute technique to remove the pain of starting a new exercise program.

Invest in Building Meaningful Relationships

Gretchen says that there is one thing that is even more important than sleep and exercise. In her opinion, the one big secret to creating happiness and lifting our mood is having close, fulfilling relationships.

We draw energy and life from people when we engage with them in a deep and meaningful ways. To do this, we need to let ourselves be vulnerable and open. In our interview, Gretchen and I discuss the need for belonging, intimacy and social support.

Gretchen’s advice is to not hold back or be fearful of engagement. Join a book club, talk to strangers and accept invitations. Do not dwell on loneliness or practice isolation. Engage and build meaningful relationships with like-minded people.

What do you think is the secret to finding happiness after 60? Have the things that make you happy changed as you have gotten a little older? Why or why not? Please join the conversation and “like” and share this article to keep the discussion going.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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