Getting the most from your remaining years

The average healthy 65-year-old man can expect to live about 18 more years, or approximately 6,500 days, according to some estimates. So how do you want to spend that remaining time?

“Doing the right things like exercising and eating a proper diet can help you live a longer, healthier life,” says Ronald Siegel, an assistant professor of psychology with Harvard Medical School and medical editor of the Harvard Special Health Report Positive Psychology. “But the ultimate goal is not just to live longer, but to enjoy and find meaning in life, which means placing more emphasis on quality of life.”

Defining quality

High quality of life is difficult to define or measure, as it has different meanings for different people, but a study published online on March 8, 2019, by PLOSOne made an attempt. Researchers examined survey responses from 3,400 older adults about quality of life. Here is what respondents found most important:

Autonomy: staying independent, retaining dignity, and not feeling like a burden.

Valuable activities: spending time doing what brings joy, value, and meaning to life.

Relationships: maintaining bonds with friends and family.

Attitude and adaptation: looking at the glass as half-full.

Emotional comfort: feeling at peace, calm, and free of worries.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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