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50 years old. yes, be happy

When you reach the turning point of your life, around 50, why not reconsider your way of life? Considering the new possibility of living for 100 years, this is a good opportunity to reconsider “what you want in the second half of your life”, confirm what will be the “core” of the second half of your life, and correct your trajectory. prize.

The important thing is how you can live with what you value. I think that is the biggest factor leading to happiness in the second half of life. The good thing about people in their 50s and beyond is that their happiness is no longer dictated by comparison competition with others, and they enter a realm where they can achieve as much happiness as they want based on their own sense of values. In that sense, it may be from here that you will be able to truly enjoy life with yourself as the subject.

How to survive in an era of 100-year lifespans

Reassessing yourself at the halfway point of your life at age 50 and correcting your trajectory is similar to resetting your strategy at halftime in soccer. For those who say that life has been pretty smooth sailing so far, and for those who say that everything went wrong, instead of focusing on the finished first half, change your mind toward the second half that you will face from now on. Reset at halftime of your life.

Even if I say reset, it does not mean that I will completely renew everything and start a new way of life from scratch. Opportunity.

Compared to when I was young, my energy level has dropped slightly, and it’s undeniable that I’m entering a period of deceleration, but because I’m at this age, I’m equipped with the ability to respond flexibly and think deeply.

Re-examining yourself also means rediscovering and reconfirming the qualities you have acquired over the years. The “happiness” that I envisioned in my 20s and 30s is naturally different from the “happiness” that I imagine in my 50s. Awareness is key to a successful reset.

If you can find your own sense of happiness instead of worrying about the greenness of the grass on the other side, the latter half of your life will be fun and rich.

For Japanese people, it seems to be very intuitive to perceive life as the four seasons. The third period after the age of 50 is “Autumn”, the time of harvest when the things you have accomplished in your life so far will come to fruition.

In order to enrich your life, I recommend a lifestyle that does not retire until the age of 75, aiming for a lifestyle that is in line with your own values ​​while coping with your own decline. The reason why I don’t retire is that I don’t give up the “will to live life positively” and don’t lose the “feeling of being active in my heart”. It is often said to “have a hobby” or “do what you love” in order to find something that you are passionate about or focus your energy on, and to get your inner tension. Of course, you can enthusiastically do what you like and what you are interested in, but even if you don’t really like it, you should be able to find “meaningfulness” in doing it and move your heart.

I think that those who have been able to live in such a way since their 50s will be able to live happily in the era of 100 years of life.

Late life checklist

Have you been impressed recently?

To be moved means to be moved. In order to continue to be active, I believe that the best thing is not to lose heart. It is thought that it is a matter of individual character whether it is easy or difficult to be moved, but this is a matter of consciousness whether or not you can keep your sensibility from rusting.

As you get older, your body becomes stiffer and your range of motion narrows. However, there are many elderly people with flexible bodies who can bend forward and spread their legs surprisingly well. That’s because I keep moving my body every day consciously so as not to narrow my range of motion.

The same is true of the heart. Let’s be conscious of being the one who is moved by various things, and let’s make it so. For that, it is important to “make it your own experience”. For example, just hearing the news about someone winning a medal at the Olympics doesn’t make a big impression. However, I am moved by knowing the background of the player and watching the match. Even with novels and movies, just knowing the synopsis doesn’t impress you. By actually reading and watching, you will be impressed. Inspiration doesn’t happen when you save energy and know only the result. It’s something you can’t taste if you don’t let yourself be involved.


I believe that “courage” is an important quality that leads to happiness in life. No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard you try, things can go wrong. Life is volatile. However, if you have the courage to take the first step, you can change the situation. You may have an image that when you are young, you have the courage to boldly take on challenges and wither away as you get older. I think it will become less and less scary to go out. Since experience becomes a “rule of judgment”, the more experience people have, the easier it is for them to have the courage to take a new step. Having the courage to step forward and face the rest of your life will help stabilize your happiness.

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