As people reach their retirement, many of us start to reflect on their lives – now new US research is shedding light on what some older people have learnt from their experiences.

A survey of 2,000 Americans aged 65 and older, found:

  • 25% believe their life advice can go viral on social media;
  • 63% use social media platforms daily;
  • 41% think their insights are worthy of a book; and
  • 73% still hope to find their true love.

The gold nuggets the respondents wished to share included: “be a good person even when it’s difficult,” “don’t spend money beyond your means,” “learn from the mistakes of others,” and “stay true to yourself.”

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of home care provider Comfort Keepers, the survey also found the top three things that make seniors happy are family (71%), friends (49%), and good weather (26%). The average age that brought them the most joy in their life is 57.

Interestingly, one in five (21%) would most love to wear the style of the 1970s, which more than a quarter (26%) also cited as the best decade for entertainment.

“Many things can change as we get older, but finding joy in both familiar and new activities in life remains a wonderful constant,” said a spokesperson for Comfort Keepers, Sherri Snelling, in a statement.

“We can all take a page from the older generation by reflecting on what already brings us joy while remaining open to trying something new.”

The past decade has been an opportunity for seniors to learn new things, from “how to access webinars and Zoom sessions” and “crocheting” to “pickleball”, “tap dancing,” and “caring for rescue/rehomed parrots.”

However, 86% would go back in time if they could. Most would do so to make better decisions (57%), spend more time with loved ones (46%), and relive all their happiest moments (31%).