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.
experience of relationships that have been good or those that have
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?
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.
TWENTY MOST COMMON REGRETS
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
- Manners cost nothing
- Treat others how you wish you be treated
- Family comes first
- Two wrongs don’t make a right
- Treasure friendship
- Save some for a rainy day
- Don’t judge a book by its cover
- Actions speak louder than words
- As one door closes, another door opens
- Laugh as often and as much as possible
- All that glitters is not gold
- Stay honest and keep your integrity
- Keep an open mind
- Never be afraid to make mistakes
- You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone
- Look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves
- Only worry about things you can control
- It’s what’s on the inside that counts
- Never be afraid to shed a tear
- Always have a smile on your face
- Out of debt, out of danger
- Don’t speak with your mouth full
- Listen before you speak
- Try and see the good in everybody
- The best things in life are free
- Practice makes perfect
- There is a light at the end of every tunnel
- Make time for your favourite things
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
- Love unconditionally
- Seize the day
- You have to be cruel to be kind
- If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to
- Forgive others so that you may be forgiven.
- Always go with your gut instinct
- Live everyday like it’s your last
- Be somebody’s reason to smile
- Don’t burn your bridges
- Time is a great healer
- You only regret what you didn’t do
- Never let your fears get in the way
- Don’t count the days, make the days count
- Strive for the best
- Put your best foot forward
- A picture paints a thousand words
- The early bird catches the worm
- Keep your head up and your heart strong
- Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer
- 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.
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.
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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