What’s the secret of happiness in later life? Here are 12 tips from Carl Honore, author of Bolder: Making the Most of our Longer Lives

  1. If you think of yourself as old, you will be old. Age is just a number
  2. Move out of your comfort zone. Keep experimenting. Challenge yourself and the way society might stereotype you
  3. Do your best to stay healthy. Eat well and move more - it’s good for your brain and your body. Even a brisk walk each day will help keep you in shape
  4. Look for positive role models. Michelangelo lived until the age of 88 and spent the final 20 years of his life designing and overseeing the construction of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome
  5. Become the person you always wanted to be. One reason why many people are at their happiest in their 60s is that they feel freer and less beholden to others
  6. Keep up social connections, and not just with your own age group. Mix across the generations as much as you can
  7. Be willing to let stuff go. If that friendship isn’t working, drop it. Streamline your life. Make the time you have count
  8. Ageing should be a process of opening rather than closing doors. Many of us are in a position to make a bigger contribution to society in our 60s or 70s
  9. Don’t pretend you’re not 75 or 85 or whatever age you are. The way to fight back against assumptions about age is to overturn them
  10. Society tells us that love and romance belong to the young, but it’s not true. Plenty of older people continue to experience the joy of relationships
  11. Similarly, innovation and creativity is not the preserve of the young. In fact, we can get more creative as we get older. The Turner prize has abolished its age limit for artists, so what are you waiting for?
  12. Limited time makes it more precious. Set your focus on the things in life that really matter