18 Unexpected Reasons Life Gets Better After 40

Krystal Smith

People in their 40s are often portrayed as being past their best, but the reality is very different. Life after 40 can be a time when confidence soars as they experience a newfound sense of self. Here are 18 reasons why your 40s might just be the best decade yet:

You Care Less

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By reaching 40, you let go of the need to please everyone and look for external validation. Research by The Independent showed that people felt they stopped caring about what others think when they were 46. You cannot prioritize your time and energy to do what truly matters to you and your family.

Confidence Soars

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With less time concentrating on what others think of you, you have time to concentrate on your strengths. After the ups and downs life throws at you, by the time you are 40, you will know your strengths and weaknesses and be confident in who you are.

Deeper Friendships

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Friendships in your 40s could be the best you’ve ever had. Gone are the friends who are there when they need you but are nowhere to be seen when you need them. Instead, you can surround yourself with people who are there for you and make a difference in your life, not drain it.

You Prioritize YOU

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If you have learned anything during your 40 years, self-care is important. You will have spent years looking after others and will still have family responsibilities, but you also need to invest in yourself. Research by Nature Medicine has shown that older people with a hobby report greater levels of happiness. While this research is on over-65s, prioritizing things that make you happy early in life can make a big difference to your future.

Career Sweet Spot

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By the time you are 40, you’ve likely reached a point of professional expertise and gained respect for people in your industry. You may have the power to negotiate pay, explore new opportunities, and, importantly, find the work-life balance that you craved in your 30s.

More Financial Freedom

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Hopefully, your 40s will bring financial stability, allowing you to do more things for pleasure, including travel and entertainment, rather than worrying about daily expenses.

You Appreciate the Little Things

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Our 20s and 30s can be such a rush, with work and family commitments leaving little time to notice the small things. Now, there’s time to appreciate simple joys like a good cup of coffee, a walk in nature, and quality time with loved ones.

Stronger Relationships

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With more time to focus on the important things in life, communication can often improve in your 40s. You will understand that petty arguments get you to know where to truly understand one another. Listening is a key skill.

You Parent with Wisdom

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Your parenting style evolves as you get older, so you will notice that you are mindful, allowing you to focus on offering guidance and support to your children. While we may have been stressed about getting things right when we were younger, we now know that every child and parent relationship is different.

You Embrace Imperfections

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While some people still worry about what they look like in their 40s, most people learn to accept themselves, flaws and all. With experience, we learn that our imperfections become part of our unique story.

You Stop Comparing

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Instead of constantly comparing ourselves to others and putting them down, our 40s bring us the maturity to let that all go. Instead, we can celebrate the successes of others without feeling inferior and focus on our journey.

You Take Calculated Risks

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In our teens, teens, and 20s, we often do things without thinking, and in our 30s, we don’t do anything as we are too scared. But, by the time we reach our 49s, we have learned to take calculated risks based on our past experiences.

You Travel Smarter

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When we’re young, we grab every bit of vacation work that allows us to, which means that breaks are often rushed. Now, we can travel and seek experiences that enrich our lives and teach us about other cultures.

You Become a Mentor

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The knowledge you have gained during your four decades can now be put to good use. You can share your knowledge and experience with younger generations, strengthening your connection with them.

You Learn to Say No

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Learning to say “no” is one of the hardest things you can do, but it becomes easier when you reach your 40s. You can prioritize your time and energy, confidently declining requests when you can’t say “yes.”

You Embrace Change

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Just because you’re in your 40s doesn’t mean opportunities are limited. It’s a time when you can embrace change and see it as an opportunity for growth, as you have plenty of years ahead.

You Prioritize Experiences

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Buying new things and treating yourself in your 40s is still nice, but you will now value experiences over possessions. Memories lasting a lifetime are much more important than a pair of designer shoes.

You Live in the Present

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Living in the present is difficult when we are young, as we are always chasing our dreams and wondering what the future holds. But our 40s are a time to slow down, live in the present, and truly enjoy life.

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