Life After 50: Finding Purpose, Fun and Joy - Karen Salmansohn

Life After 50: Finding Purpose, Fun and Joy

Life After 50: Finding Purpose, Fun and Joy
What should I do with my life after 50? Life doesn’t stop at a birthday. You’ve still got a lot to look forward to in life. Here’s how you can find purpose, fun and joy!

In case you’re new to my site, I’m a late life 59 year old mom (born in 1960) – who is committed to living healthier, longer, younger. I even wrote a bestselling longevity book, Life is Long.

I’ve been doing the “over 50” thing for almost a decade now. And I’m here to tell you that if you’ve reached 50, you’re in a happy crowd! Life just gets better and better.

If you’re ambivalent about life after 50 – or even negative about life after 50 -please read on!

I’m here to show you how you can make the most of your life post 50.

What Should I Do With My Life After 50?

1. See the World

Travel is an obvious no-brainer in finding meaning and personal fulfillment. It’s enriching at all ages. Every trip can teach you more about yourself.

Most people assume that only wealthy people can travel. This isn’t true! With the right planning and strategizing, budget travel allows you to explore without breaking the bank.

Life After 50: Finding Purpose, Fun and Joy
For example…

Traveling off-season can be significantly cheaper than traveling during the regular holiday breaks or summer vacation.

Familiarize yourself with comparison shopping when it comes to flights and accommodations. Prices can vary dramatically. A little bit of research can save you hundreds to thousands in cash.

Here’s some travel ideas for …

Finally, don’t assume that international travel is the only travel. Chances are, there is plenty to explore in your own state!

2. Volunteer Your Time

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Want to find your happiness and also improve the world at the same time? Volunteering enables you to do exactly that.

Volunteering doesn’t just help other people or causes. It also allows you to connect with your community and become a part of something greater than yourself.

It allows you to give back and make a difference. This is empowering! It’s no wonder that people who volunteer regularly report higher levels of happiness than people who don’t.

Love kids? Consider donating your time at a local children’s hospital. Got a knack for animals? Most shelters are always happy for assistance.

3. Take Up a New Hobby

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Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to surf? Rock climb? Intricately decorate cakes? Try yoga?

Chances are, you’ve had ‘hobby dreams’ for years. Chances are, you’ve had to put pursuing those hobbies on the backburner. After all, you probably had a career, relationships, and family to juggle!

Now is the perfect time to try out a new hobby. What have you always been interested in? What do you think sounds like a total blast to try?

Don’t worry if you’ll “be good.” Don’t worry about your age. And definitely don’t worry about what others will think!

Hobbies are a fantastic way to boost your happiness and cultivate a sense of purpose. Now go find some awesome rocks to climb!

4. Spend Time With People Who Matter

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We’ve all had those friends. You know, the toxic “friends” who seemingly drain the energy right out of you. Why is it that we devote so much of our time and attention to those leechers?

To find your happiness, you need to find the people who make you happy. Maybe you already have those people in your life. If you don’t, you need to find them.

Loved ones lift each other up. They encourage you to be the best version of yourself. They console you during your hard times. And they celebrate with you during the good times.

Nurture your friendships…

  • Spend time with favorite friends on a routine basis.
  • Gift your good friends my bestselling friendship book, “Friends Forever Whatever Whenever.”
  • If physically seeing friends isn’t an option, make regular phone or Skype dates. 

Feeling a bit lonely lately?

Consider joining a local club, religious organization, or finding a Meetup group near you. If you put yourself out there, the relationships will come.

5. Focus on Gratitude

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No matter where you are in your life, gratitude can help put your world into perspective. It’s easy to get “lost” in the daily grind. Gratitude helps us prioritize what matters.

Commit to devoting a few moments every day to jot down what you’re thankful for.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the item is. It’s the acknowledgment that matters the most.

Need some extra help to keep track of your gratitude?

Basically, the more grateful you feel on a daily basis, the more meaning your life will have. In turn, you’ll feel excited for the days ahead, and you’ll feel happier overall. It’s a win-win.

6. Get a Side Hustle Job

Life After 50: Finding Purpose, Fun and Joy
Explore a side hustle job – and see where it takes you.

Yes, this is a little bit scary. And yes, this will require you leaning into that fear.

Change always brings up some anxieties and levels of uncertainty.

However, that doesn’t mean a new side hustle gig is not worth pursuing.

In particular I recommend exploring an online entrepreneurial business – so you don’t have to depend on resumes and interviews.

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An entrepreneurial business can help you…

  • boost your savings and achieve important financial goals.
  • give you great joy pursuing a creative talent or hobby

Love to craft?

Consider selling your handmade art online!

Love meeting and interacting with others?

Consider picking up a few hours doing ride-share services.

So, What Should I Do With My Life After 50?

Still scratching your head and asking, “What should I do to find purpose, fun and joy after age 50?” 

Read some uplifting books – or listen to some inspiring audio books – to motivate a more positive outlook – so you can optimistically brainstorm up your own tailored-to-you ideas for the second half of your life.  I offer a range of mood boosting books here!

Live longer, healthier, younger…

Check out my bestselling book, Life is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever.

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