You can probably remember meeting young people who seemed old and old people who seemed young. What’s the difference? The size of their future.
Current research suggests that what really makes people happy is having something to look forward to. That’s why we say to always make your future bigger than your past—it’s a recipe for both happiness and longevity.
Having that “bigger future” plan also helps you make good choices: If you’re headed for that future, then certain things in your life will need to be revised, reinforced—or removed!