A person should never stop growing. Even as bodies fail and you aren’t able to do all the things you once did, your mind and spirit can continue to grow and develop. There are several benefits to seeking personal growth after retirement and many ways to accomplish this goal. Benefits to Personal Growth Before you can make the decision to improve yourself, you must understand the benefits to personal growth. One benefit is that it improves your physical and mental health. When someone has something to look forward to or a goal to achieve, they have a purpose in life. It gives them a reason to get up in the morning, to work through pain and problems and a satisfaction at the end of the day. Engaging in activities that help you grow also keeps your mind and body active, which can prevent or slow down the aging process. Studies have shown that people who have a focus or purpose in life have more energy and feel better. People are always changing. When you work on your personal growth, you are learning something new about yourself. You’re stretching your limits, getting out of your comfort zone. While you may feel uncomfortable, you also feel more alive. And when you achieve your goal, it makes you feel good about yourself. Ways to Achieve Personal Growth as a Senior If you want to continue to develop who you are, you can find many ways to accomplish this goal as a senior. In fact, it may be even easier for retirees than for those who still have jobs and families to raise. Instead of focusing on the needs of other people, you can concentrate on yourself. One of the best ways to achieve personal growth is to volunteer. So many worthwhile organizations need volunteers and seniors often have more time to give. Get involved in your community. You’ll learn about other people which will help you learn more about yourself. Work at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Volunteer to read to school children or join programs like Big Brother or Big Sister. Even people with limited mobility can find ways to help others. They may make special crafts designed for sick children or newborns. They can make phone calls or send out letters on behalf of charitable organizations. Another way to see growth in your life is by learning a new skill. What is the one thing you always wanted to learn when you were young but never had time? Now is the time to take that class, pick up a book or watch a YouTube how-to video. Look at areas in your life where you would like to improve. Perhaps it’s in developing a skill or improving a weakness. Maybe you want to make new friends or find a way to give back. Set a goal and decide it’s never too late in life to work to improve yourself. As you develop your ability in this new skill, it will give you a sense of accomplishment. It also sharpens your mind as you work to remember steps or rules. You will feel pride as you show others what you can do.