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Amazing Advice on Happiness at 92-years Old

Age and Positivity

This delightful story from Cheri Musick was shared with me on Facebook this morning and I wanted to make sure I captured it so I wouldn’t forget about it. Great words of wisdom from an elderly lady. We could all learn something from her:

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less

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  1. A great article and I will pass is on. Thanks so much.

  2. Just love this and how true is it. That’s why she has lived to the age she has. I am definitely going to follow her advice. We can all learn from this.

  3. Simply Great!!!

  4. Anthony Mirandah

    This 92 year old woman has discovered happiness and truly understands it. Great story.

  5. So true. But I also have tears in my eyes as I read this.

  6. Hey Kris, I came across this story about a year ago and tucked it away in my Evernotes for future use in my writing project called, S.A.N.D. Traps w/ Tricia Harmon, Navigating through the Sabotaging And Negative Dialogue between our ears.

    Guess what??? I am finally am at that point where I would love to use it. Woot Woot!!! So I wanted to officially ask you for permission to use it. I’d also like to know if you know this woman personally or how you heard about the story.

    Thanks for sharing it. It is so powerful.

    Kind regards,

    Tricia Harmon

    • I wrote the story and took the photo, this is NOT a photo of Mrs. Jones
      Cheri Fox Musick 214-405-4600

      • Thanks Cheri! It came across my Facebook feed over 3 years ago with no picture attached so I used a stock image of an elderly lady. There was no name attached to it for an author so I didn’t know who to attribute it to. It is a wonderful article and I will edit it to include your name. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. What a beautiful post and such wonderful wise life lessons. If we could all think like thus the world would be a much better place.

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