I know it’s supposed to be the golden years, but you’d have to stick your head pretty deep in a hole not to realize it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Body parts hurt. We lose loved ones. Or maybe the wrong Chinese food order was delivered. I hate that!
The good news is that you can control your reactions to life’s challenges. Mindset is a powerful mood changer. Half of your happiness level comes from your genes. Only 10% is situational. And fully 40% is in your control. That’s great news! Reading an uplifting quote can send you down the path of turning that frown upside down!
So use that 40% to your advantage! I’ve created a few daily habits that have really made a difference. Each morning before getting out of bed I name 3 things that I’m grateful for. I spend 10 minutes a day praying or meditating. There are inspirational quotes all around on mugs, posters, etc. It doesn’t take long, you just have to create the habits.
If you want to print out any of the quotes on the pictures below just click on the button under the photo. These are pictures I took on my walks (another way to improve happiness).
“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.” – Peyton Conway March
“Beautiful young people are acts of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
“Every year should teach you something valuable; whether you get the lesson is up to you. Every year brings you closer to expressing your whole and healed self.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~Mark Twain
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~Sophia Loren
“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney
“Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been.” Jimmy Buffet
“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” – David Bowie
“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.” – Andy Rooney
“Age is a matter of feeling, not years.” – George William Curtis
“When we were small children we would play dress-up and everybody had a good time. So why stop?” – Iris Apfel
“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” – Clive Staples Lewis
“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“It’s my belief that it’s a privilege to get older. Not everybody gets to get older.” – Cameron Diaz
“Live your life and forget your age.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” – Samuel Ullman
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” George Burns
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward.” – Mary Sarton
“Old age is no place for sissies.” Bette Davis
“Aging is not lost youth but new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan
“There is a fountain of youth. It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” – Sohpia Loren
“Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f*#king awesome!” – Helen Mirren
“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” – Jack Welsh
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler
“The universe wishes to send you all the gifts you deserve. You must feel gratitude in advance in order to see them and touch them.” Roxana Jones
I know, this next quote is not necessarily a “feel good” quote, but it makes me laugh!
“I’m at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I’ve just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.”Rodney Dangerfield
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”- Dr. Suess
“Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many.” – unknown
“Do not go gentle into the night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.” – Dylon Thomas
“We are always the same age inside.” – Gertrude Stein
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop”. – Confucius
“We don’t grow older, we grow riper.” – Pablo Picasso
“I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.” – Virginia Woolf
“There is always a lot to be thankful for, if you take the time to look. For example, I’m sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.” – Author Unknown
“I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now.” – unknown
“None as so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideas. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” – Samuel Ullman
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. – Douglas MacArthur
“Act as young as you feel. You’re not getting older, you’re getting more entitled to be your fabulous self.” – Gwen Stefani
“Why do they say we’re over the hill? I don’t even know what that means and why it’s a bad thing. When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I’m past the hard part and there’s a snack in my future.” – Ellen Degeneres
“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.” – Chili Davis
“Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.” – Jim Fiebig
“The years teach much which the days never knew.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people, the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.”Charles Dickens
“The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.” – Judith Regan
“I look forward to being older; when what you look like becomes less an issue and what you are is the point.” Susan Sarandon
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
“Old age is fifteen years older than me.” – Oliver Wendel Holmes
“Age is simply the number of years the world has been enjoying you.” – unknown
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
“Happiness is not something ready-made, it comes from your own actions.” – Dali Lama XIV
“Those who live deeply never grow old. They may die of old age, but they die young.” – Ben Franklin
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose the other ages you’ve been.” – Madeleine L’Engle
“If you are always trying to be normal you can never know how amazing you can be,” – Maya Angelou
“You know you’re old when you stop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.” – George Burns
What can you do with a good quote?
There are some quotes that I want to be reminded of over and over again. You can memorialize a good quote in any number of ways.
- 1. Create a poster of the quote. Staples lets you create custom posters inexpensively.
- 2. Order a personalized mug on Amazon
- 3. If you journal write your favorite quotes on the front page.
- 4. Make a magnet out of an inspirational quote
- 5. If you embroider put it on a pillowcase
- 6. Create a custom keychain.
- 7. Put it on a tee shirt.
However you recreate quotes that inspire you enjoy their sentiments often. They can literally improve the quality of your life.