The Babyboomer Rules for Living a Good Life!

What would the Babyboomer rules for living a good life be if you were asked  to advise the younger generation stepping out today on life's adventure?

By the time we reach 60 years we have experienced most things in life.  The highs the lows, the good times and the bad times.

We've had experience of relationships that have been good or those that have turned sour.

We can probably look back at opportunities missed, wong decisions made or we can look back and count our blessings and acknowledge we've had a good life.

We always say hindsight is a wonderful thing.  If only we'd known this or that we would have chosen a different path. 

Is your life full of regret? Or

Do you look back with satisfaction and think if I had to do it all again I wouldn't do it any different?

A recent survey carried out by Retirement Move collated the responses given by more than 1,000 men and women aged over 60 when asked what their golden rules for living were.

Richard Drew, a spokesman for Retirement Move said: 'The golden rules are an upbeat reminder of how important it is to keep perspective and appreciate things we might be taking for granted.'

But first participants in the survey were asked about their biggest regrets, with many admitting they wished they'd saved more for retirement.


1. I spent too long worrying about silly things

2. I married the wrong person

3. I didn’t travel enough

4. I should’ve tried harder at my education

5. I wish I saved more money for my retirement

6. I wish I stayed in touch with old friends

7. I didn’t make enough time for the people I loved

8. I didn’t save any money

9. I wish I had let myself be happier

10. I worked too much

11. I wish I have the courage to speak my mind

12. I didn’t achieve my dream in life

13. I was in the wrong job for too long

14. I let my true love get away

15. I spent too long being angry at others

16. I struggled to forgive people

17. I spent too much money

18. I didn’t make enough time for myself

19. I wish I got on better with my parents/siblings

20. I wish I could afford to retire earlier

Surprisingly the most common regret was they thought they'd married the wrong person!

This list of the twenty most common regrets  may help us decide.

What would the Babyboomer rules for living a good life  be ?

So what were the results of the survey?

With all the experiences of life this is the list of  babyboomer rules for living a good life  that we would recommend to the younger generation.

50 Golden Babyboomer Rules for Living a Good Life

  1.  Manners cost nothing
  2.  Treat others how you wish you be treated
  3.  Family comes first
  4.  Two wrongs don’t make a right
  5.  Treasure friendship
  6.  Save some for a rainy day
  7.  Don’t judge a book by its cover
  8.  Actions speak louder than words
  9.  As one door closes, another door opens
  10.  Laugh as often and as much as possible
  11.  All that glitters is not gold
  12.  Stay honest and keep your integrity
  13.  Keep an open mind
  14.  Never be afraid to make mistakes
  15. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone
  16. Look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves
  17. Only worry about things you can control
  18.  It’s what’s on the inside that counts
  19.  Never be afraid to shed a tear
  20.  Always have a smile on your face
  21.  Out of debt, out of danger
  22.  Don’t speak with your mouth full
  23.  Listen before you speak
  24.  Try and see the good in everybody
  25.  The best things in life are free
  26.  Practice makes perfect
  27.  There is a light at the end of every tunnel
  28.  Make time for your favourite things
  29.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
  30.  It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
  31.  Love unconditionally
  32.  Seize the day
  33.  You have to be cruel to be kind
  34. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to
  35.  Forgive others so that you may be forgiven.
  36.  Always go with your gut instinct
  37.  Live everyday like it’s your last
  38.  Be somebody’s reason to smile
  39.  Don’t burn your bridges
  40.  Time is a great healer
  41.  You only regret what you didn’t do
  42.  Never let your fears get in the way
  43.  Don’t count the days, make the days count
  44.  Strive for the best
  45.  Put your best foot forward
  46.  A picture paints a thousand words
  47.  The early bird catches the worm
  48. Keep your head up and your heart strong
  49.  Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer
  50.  If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

So do you agree with the babyboomer rules for living a good life?

My three favourite  from the list of  50 Golden Rules of living would be:

20. Always have a smile on your face
32. Seize the day
37. Live everyday like it’s your last.

Babyboomers retirement

So what will you be taking from the babyboomer rules for living list into your retirement?

It's quite natural when you get to a certain age to begin to ponder on life and see where we could have done things differently.

It's time now to look forward to the next stage of our life.

At this stage in our life we should know what makes us happy and pursue any dreams that are yet unfulfilled.  Age is only a number not a barrier to living a fulfilled life.

The baby boomers are re-shaping retirement and making it what they want it to be. 

Preparing for retirement is important if you want to  make sure you enjoy every minute of it. 

Retirement is about new beginnings not the end. 

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