By: Danielle Hintz

In society we are told at a very young age to take advantage of our youth because it will all go downhill as we get older. Sure, aging has it’s challenges.  You may feel that sometimes your mind and body seem to be declining however, I am here to let you know you don’t have to conform to the stereotype of your later years being a negative part of your life.

In several ways, life can get better as you get older. For instance, there is evidence that proves our moods and our sense of well-being actually get better as we age. According to Karen Fingerman, a professor of human development and family science at the University of Texas, friendships tend to grow more intimate, as older adults prioritize what matters most to them.

You don’t have to accept that old age will get the best of you! Myths say that as you get older you become more prone to depression, unproductiveness, and loneliness have all been proven to be extremely inaccurate, so embrace your age.

Dean Keith Simonton, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, says that creativity for many people tends to peak later on in life. Fields requiring accumulated knowledge, such as philosophers and historians, that require accumulated knowledge, “may reach their peak output when they are in their 60s.”

So just remember, whether it is today or on your next birthday you have, make sure to be confident when blowing out those candles and know that your life continues to be of real value. And like the wise C.S Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”