What is paradise for seniors? In common terms it would be the state of ecstasy, delight, joy, bliss or even seventh heaven, although many don’t want to go there quite yet. It is conceptually a counter-image of the supposed miseries of human civilization, a senior’s life in this case. In simpler terms, it is what makes a senior happy? “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” said Albert Camus. And that is a good question. The life a senior leads dictates the level of happiness, or none if that is the case, and that should be the goal: good things in life.

Maybe it could it be as simple as remembering the good old days? Sometimes these memories can bring one out of the doldrums. There were a lot of good things that happened to this point. Family, friends, special events, parties, even as far back as school and even when you were a cheerleader or an end on the football team, they all enter into the happiness category. Maybe that time you decided to learn to play a musical instrument and you joined the school band. Perhaps just going over old photos can bring a senior out of the gray skies and into the sunlight. Remember when; remember when; remember when, it can spark a light that can turn into a smile.

What do you want? Fewer candles on the cake at the birthday party; same discount rate at the grocery store you get at the movie theater; the looks and energy of a teenager? Or is that just and a dream of real paradise, or just wishful thinking? Maybe paradise can’t totally happen, but close is OK too. Getting as much as possible toward the goal of happiness, little things here and there can add up over time.

Good health is one thing that can be controlled to some extent. First, taking the medications the doc prescribes to control blood pressure and maybe diabetes is a good start. Watching the numbers on the weight scale grow less and less will be a help. One way to do this of course is watching the diet. Cut out the two or three cupcakes with the morning coffee is a start and replace them with a health bar; leave the beer in the refrigerator; and the candy bowl goes into the trash. A little exercise will help, but not too much, just enough to keep the muscles flexible and the heart healthy as well as dropping a few calories. Plain old walking will be OK here, start slow and short and go longer and further as time goes on. Yes, you have heard all this before and maybe you are already doing it, but do it with a smile on your face and convince yourself your goal is paradise.

Quit spending so much of your little income on things you don’t really need. A little money in the bank creates a comfort zone and allows less worrying, thus a more easy going existence. Not really ecstasy, delight, joy, bliss or even seventh heaven, but a little closer. “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable,” said Clare Boothe Luce. But the idea here is to get beyond miserable and be a little better than you are now.

Just plain relaxing is a key to this goal, and sitting back with eyes closed in sort of a meditative state for about fifteen-, twenty-minutes a day can help in this. Even if you play a little soft music at the time and ride the notes around the room in your minds, it helps. “You are the music while the music lasts,” said T. S. Eliot. Even work your hobby with that music playing.

Paradise isn’t the Garden of Eden or Heaven on Earth or Pie in the Sky because it is attainable; it is just a good personal attitude that guides life day by day through trying times to a higher level. To many seniors retired life can be very trying, but that must be brushed aside and made inconsequential, practice doing better things that you enjoy … and don’t forget to smile.

©2013, Patrick Kennedy

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Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life. - Nicolas Chamfort

Patrick M. Kennedy (P Manvel Kennedy) has been a professional writer, editor, and graphic artist for over 30 years. He is the author of three books: More Fun with Retirement: A coffee break for seniors, How to Have Fun with Retirement, and Being a Senior Citizen: You rnew phase of life with many questions looking for answers. and his latest book: More Fun with Retirement: A coffee break for seniors. He currently works from Boise, Idaho. In the past he has worked from Seattle, Indianapolis, and Las Vegas. He keeps busy because he knows it is important when writing or editing any material with a particular objective in mind, for either personal use or business goals, to present ideas with quality, clarity and accuracy. He can do that, and he does most of it himself, but he occasionally must call upon qualified associates for assistance.

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