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What younger generations can learn from their elders (and why it’s so important right now)

What younger generations can learn from their elders (and why it's so important right now)
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What can the new generation learn from the elders? There are many things seniors can offer young people, like how to save for retirement and be open to the inevitable changes that life brings. 

Seniors have lived through many things and have valuable life experiences they can pass on to younger generations. They can mentor young people and help guide them through many of life’s challenges. Here are some other insights into how elders have a positive influence on the younger generation.

Prioritize your time

If anyone can preach about prioritizing your time, it’s the elders who have experienced time slipping away from them. Make time for what is important to you and quit postponing what you want to do – travel when you want to, not when you think you’re “allowed” to. Money will come and go throughout your life, but opportunities may not.

Make a bucket list and plan an unforgettable experience that will always stay with you and make it work financially. Many seniors will tell you their memories and novel experiences keep them inspired. Be flexible as changes occur in your life because they are inevitable. Learn to roll with the punches, be open to changes and hope it all balances out.

Save for retirement

Elders can counsel young people about how to save for retirement later in life. It’s crucial to begin saving as early as possible to ensure you have a nest egg once you reach retirement age. With the rising costs of everything, financial security is of utmost importance. Inflation is causing many millennials to forego health insurance which leaves them vulnerable to the financial burdens of health care. 

Most generations struggle monetarily, but seniors have endured many financial hardships. They can shed light on how to handle these situations and navigate savings. Older generations likely have lots of advice to give young people when planning a financial future. They are the keystone of advice because they are amid their mistakes or accomplishments, depending on how they prepared for their future.

Keep yourself active

Elders can inspire you to remain active while you’re young and healthy since it can help you stay active as you age. When you consistently get exercise – even if it’s moderate – you can prolong how young you feel. As you age, your muscles naturally ache and pain comes out of nowhere. Exercise has myriad benefits for all ages, including boosting mood and improving overall health.

Physical movement can keep your bones healthy and strong, benefiting you as you age. Exercise can also reduce the risk of depression and substance dependence, dementia and heart disease. Take advantage of your youth and do something that gets your blood pumping daily. Do whatever motivates you, like taking a leisurely stroll around the block or attending a dance class. Don’t wait to join a gym if that’s what inspires you!

Laugh it off

Don’t sweat the small stuff because worrying can cause severe stress. Develop a good sense of humor to combat daily stressors and guide you through things that upset you. Life is stressful enough already – you don’t need to add more seriousness to an already grim situation. Find humor in every way you can and lighten the mood of those around you.

Anxiety, tension and stress are less likely when you have an excellent sense of humor. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and encourage you to illuminate the darkest corners of your life. Young people should listen to their elders since seniors have the lowest stress levels in the world. They’ve learned from experience that worrying might give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.

Never stop learning

Learning keeps your mind engaged and fuels your curiosity, which can enrich your life. Education can provide stability and financial security by opening doors to job opportunities, travel experiences and newfound friends. Making memories is crucial to staying young and living your life to the fullest. Experiences will remain with you much longer than accomplishments or monetary rewards, but sometimes education is an unforgettable experience.

Many seniors reflect on their lives and regret not following their dreams for whatever reason. Some were scared and will tell you not to let fear drive your choices – others weren’t scared enough and ask you to proceed with caution. Trust your instincts and always go with your gut. Don’t stand in your own way. Avoid letting others’ opinions influence your decisions or your actions. You only get one life, so take full advantage of it on your terms.

How elders have a positive influence on the younger generation

So, what can the new generation learn from their elders? The answer is everything. Young people must listen and learn from those before them to understand themselves better and navigate a brighter future.

Writer Bio

Beth is the Managing Editor and content manager at Body+Mind. She shares knowledge on a variety of topics related to nutrition, healthy living, and anything food-related. In her spare time, Beth enjoys trying out new fitness trends and recipes.

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