09 Feb 7 Golden Habits of Positive & Affable Seniors
Originally written by Fong Muntoh, General Manager of Komune Care
“This heartfelt dedication is a celebration of the writer’s parents, especially his dad, who serves as an outstanding example of how to gracefully navigate the senior years while being an affable presence for others.”
Entering the realm of seniors, retirees, or the elderly often comes with unfair stereotypes. Seniors are sometimes perceived as long-winded, technologically challenged, fixated on the past, and critical of the youth. At Komune Care, we wish to challenge these stereotypes and share habits that can help us age gracefully, becoming highly affable and cherished seniors for both outsiders and immediate families.
Positive and affable seniors not only enjoy a higher quality of life but also inspire those around them. Let’s explore 9 healthy habits that contribute to the positivity and affability of seniors, allowing them to thrive in their golden years.
Habit #1 – Always Have Something Nice to Say
To be an affable person, one must start by being likeable, of course. And one of the easiest ways to do so is by saying nice things about yourself and others. Whether you’re addressing a former Member of Parliament or interacting with individuals of all ages and appearances, the writer’s father taught him to use endearing terms like “sister” for older ladies and “pretty girl” for ladies of any age. The intention is not to deceive but to bring a moment of joy to their lives.
Habit #2 – Cultivate Social Connections
Positive and affable seniors prioritise social connections. Whether through family, friends, or community activities, maintaining a robust social network has been linked to better mental and emotional health. Engaging in regular social interactions helps seniors stay connected, ward off loneliness, and foster a sense of belonging.
Places like Komune Care’s Senior Daycare provides many opportunities for meaningful social connections, with activities , games, and group exercises tailored for seniors.
Habit #3 – Be a Contributor & Helper
According to the writer, a generous spirit defines his father. His knack for farming and sharing the produce with friends exemplifies the importance of contributing to the well-being of others, both within the family and the community.
Affable seniors often engage in acts of kindness, both big and small. Whether it’s volunteering, helping a neighbour, or simply offering a warm smile, these actions not only benefit others but also contribute to the giver’s sense of purpose and fulfilment. Positive attitude and kindness also inspires the young, especially children, creating a ripple effect of goodwill.
Habit #4 – Embrace a Healthily Positive Mindset
Grumpiness repels, but a cheerful demeanour, perhaps coupled with one’s own brand of humour, can make you a joy to be around. Choosing happiness over dwelling in complaints is a habit that not only benefits oneself but also radiates positivity to those around.
Adopting a positive perspective not only reduces stress but also contributes to better overall mental health. Seniors who actively practise gratitude and mindfulness often find joy in the simple pleasures of life. It’s no surprise that happy seniors attract friendly company!
Habit #5 – Always Make Yourself Happy
Indulging in personal pleasures, whether it’s gardening, dancing, or sneaking a little treat in the morning, is a reminder to prioritise one’s happiness. Balancing self-care with familial responsibilities is a key to contentment. Affable seniors know how to keep themselves happy and occupied.
Habit #6 – Have Hobbies Just for Yourself
Having a curious mind keeps it active and growing. That’s why positive and affable seniors actively seek opportunities for learning and personal growth, whether it’s through reading, attending classes, or exploring new hobbies. Keeping the mind engaged contributes to cognitive health and a continued sense of purpose.
Positive seniors often have personal hobbies, such as the writer’s father’s love for solitary activities like reading the newspaper and tending to his garden.
Habit #7 – Be Contented
Having experienced both financial highs and lows, his father’s contentment in any circumstance taught him the value of finding joy in the present moment. Regardless of external circumstances, a contented heart is a source of lasting happiness.
In their journey together, the writer quoted on how his parents were an affable couple, embodying a legacy of love. As we strive to emulate their example, we’re reminded that the key to being a cherished senior lies in embracing these habits of kindness, gratitude, and contentment.
Thriving in Your Golden Years
Positive and affable seniors have discovered the secret to thriving in their golden years lies in cultivating healthy habits that encompass both physical and mental well-being.
By prioritising social connections, maintaining a positive mindset, focusing on physical health, engaging in continuous learning, and practising acts of kindness, seniors can not only enhance their own lives but also contribute positively to the communities around them.
Here’s to one of the best years of our lives.