40 Things to Look Forward to If You’re Turning 40 in 2019
Make 40 your best year yet.
Turning 40 is a big deal. It’s a milestone age, but some people can find it daunting. You know you’re not technically old yet, but you’re not young anymore either. The years start zipping by faster than ever, and thoughts of your own mortality pop into your head more than you’d like. How do you shake the 40s blues? It comes down to focusing on the positive rather than the negative. Is the next year going to be a slow slog full of endless bills and no fun? Or is your calendar going to be filled with daily reminders that every day is a blessing? The choice really is up to you.
If you’re turning 40 next year and you’re having some misgivings, here are 40 reasons why 2019 is going to be the most awesome year yet.
You’re entering the prime of your earning potential.
PayScale, a firm that tracks and studies compensation data, found that workers in their 40s were at their financial peak of earning power. And it just gets better from here, with your salary continuing to increase into your 50s, with college-educated workers making a median of about $95,000.
You’re about to get a whole lot happier.
You think turning 40 is the pits? Wrong! A 2017 survey from Prevention magazine found that women over 40 were “happier, more confident, and less stressed than they were 20 years ago.”
It’s the year to start really building wealth, according to the Chinese calendar.
Forty is the age when most people really start to invest in their future. And you couldn’t have picked a better year, according to the Chinese calendar.
This year, which officially kicks off on February 5, is the year of the pig. In Chinese culture, pigs are considered a symbol of wealth. So know that you’ve got some luck on your side!
You can celebrate your birthday on a tropical beach without draining your bank account.
Experts say travel costs are looking great for 2019. Look into the Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean that has recently been picked by authorities like Lonely Planet and others as one of the best bargain travel destinations of the year. Act now for great deals before the rest of the world finds out about it.
You can expect to get a little friskier at home.
You thought you were having great sex now? Oh, you have no idea! Studies have found that women over 40 are more satisfied with their sex lives than they were in their younger years.
You’ll realize you’re in amazing company.
Turning 40 in 2019? You’re in good company! Kate Hudson, Pink, Chris Pratt, Rose Byrne, James McAvoy, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Jason Momoa, John Krasinski, Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Pete Wentz, and Drew Brees all turn 40 in 2019. (And be inspired! Every single one of them has at least one project coming out in 2019.)
You’ll have five eclipses to celebrate your birth.
To commemorate your turning 40, the universe is giving you five epic eclipses next year. You’re starting with a partial solar eclipse in January, to kick the year off right, followed by not one but two solar eclipses and total lunar eclipses. The next year is going to be eclipse-crazy for you!
Your sweet tooth will be totally satisfied.
Born in 1979? You were if you’re turning 40 next year. If you’re feeling nostalgic for all the candy that was popular during your birth year, like Pop Rocks, Razzles, Candy Necklace, and Wax Lips, there’s a retro candy mix selling on Amazon that surely someone will buy you for your birthday.
You don’t have to worry about spending every weekend at someone’s wedding.
Remember those years in your 20s and 30s when every other weekend was spent at a wedding? Well in your 40s, you won’t have to worry about that anymore. By the time you and your friends are at this age, all of those wedding weekends will be replaced with much more enjoyable things like couples getaways, lazy Sundays with the kids, and fun nights with friends.
Your self esteem will get a major boost.
Your “subjective evaluation of (your) worth as a person” is only going to get better with age, at least according to a new study.
You can celebrate with your favorite sports network.
That’s right, budding forty year-olds: ESPN is turning 40 this year too. Celebrate with your favorite sports channel by attending one of their cool events. Or, you know, just watch Monday Night Football!
You’ll be able to afford Hamilton tickets!
That’s right: with your new earning potential, you’ll be able to fork out for the hottest musical in a decade. From Seattle to Kansas City, Philadelphia to Chicago, the hit Broadway musical that used to be the world’s most impossible-to-get ticket is now coming to a theater near you. What are you waiting for? Treat yourself to some hip-hop history.
Your car insurance rates are going down.
Turning the big four-o is great if you have car insurance. Things go back up when you reach 75, but for now, enjoy the discount, baby!
You’re going to be healthier.
Yes, you’re officially due for your first colonoscopy. Now, that might not sound like good news, but we at Best Life prefer taking a “glass half full” approach. At 40, it’s terrific news that you’re being more proactive with your health—and that includes seeing a doctor before something becomes an issue.
You’re about to work less.
According to a new Reuters report, companies around the world have been testing a four-day work-week for their employees, and the results have been nothing but positive. Fewer hours not only made their workers less stressed out, but they also increased their motivation and productivity. If your boss isn’t considering it yet, there’s a good chance he or she will next year.
You can enjoy a glass of wine even more.
We don’t mean getting soused every night. But science says that you should be imbibing. Not only is a glass of wine healthy, but also your “concentrated discrimination of the taste of wine” will actually improve, according to a Yale neuroscientist.
When you’re thinking hard about the taste of wine and how it’s affecting all of your senses, it’s the same type of mental stimulation as doing a crossword puzzle or listening to a classical symphony. So bottoms up!
You can celebrate at the same musical festival you loved when you were 16.
That’s right: Lollapalooza is still going strong, friend.
You were just a teen when the first of Perry Farrell’s annual festivals were touring the country during the 90s. These days it stays in Chicago, but it’s still the carnival-like atmosphere you remember. Isn’t it comforting to know that as much as life changes, some things stay the same?
Your favorite comic strip from childhood is returning.
“Cathy” cartoonist Cathy Guisewite retired the beloved daily comic strip almost a decade ago, but next year she’s back with a new book called Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault. It’s a collection of essays about her “grown-up years,” documenting her struggles “with the indignities of aging.” Finally, a reason to laugh about growing older.
Good music awaits.
Vampire Weekend is releasing its first album since 2013. It’s like they waited for your 40th birthday!
Theme parks just got so much better!
If you’re turning 40 next year, that means you’re old enough to remember why Star Wars is the best science fiction film series ever made. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a new Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opens in July, and it promises to be one of the most thrilling rides that a true Lucas aficionado could ever hope for.
Your favorite movie from the 90s is taking center stage.
A new Clueless musical will be unveiled in 2019. And it’s equally inevitable that you buy tickets because Clueless makes you so achingly nostalgic for your youth, and there’s just no way you can say no.
Your favorite college-era boy band is on tour again.
You can pretend all you want that you don’t care, but there’s a small part of you (maybe a big part) that wants to see the boy band that serenaded every slow dance of your teen years. You’ve got many opportunities to revisit your past; the Backstreet Boys have a new album, a world tour, and a Vegas show!
Exercising is about to get way more fun.
You need to exercise when you’re over 40, as your muscle mass and your metabolism will get dinged. Luckily, if working out is hard, you can make it way more fun by jumping on the surging trend for 2019 known as virtual-reality workouts. And, according to new research, they may even boost your performance and endurance.
You can watch great TV with your kids again.
Stranger Things understands your love for both science fiction and the pop culture tropes of your youth, and it’s finally returning in 2019 for a third season. Netflix and chill—or Netflix and binge!
There was no new season in 2018, probably because they were waiting for you to turn 40. And you can point at all of the kids’ outfits and tell your son or daughter: “Yes, I used to dress like that!”
You can celebrate your 40th with a honky tonk crawl.
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line have all opened bars in Nashville over the last year and a half. Sounds like a good reason for a pub crawl and some amazing live music!
You can de-stress knowing your house is way smarter.
Home security technology is getting increasingly advanced next year, and you’ll soon be able to put your house on lockdown or call an ambulance in an emergency.
You’ll have the satisfaction that we’re even closer to having a flying car.
No word yet on whether the Kitty Hawk Flyer, the all-electric autonomous “flying car” created by Google founder Larry Page’s new company, will actually be released next year. But after a prototype was revealed to the world earlier this summer, it doesn’t seem so much like science fiction anymore. Keep that credit card handy, because you could be buying your first flying car any day now.
You can stock up on duds from your favorite rap group.
Wu-Tang Clan, your favorite hip-hop group from high school and college, is making some of the hottest fashion today with their Wu-Wear line. You can be proud of your age—“I’ve been listening to Wu-Tang since ‘Protect Ya Neck’ came out on cassette!”—while also wearing the same outfits loved by celebs like supermodel Bella Hadid.
You’ll have a science-backed excuse to take a longer vacation.
A new Finnish study found that even with healthy habits like a nutritious diet and exercise, middle-aged men who took less than three weeks of vacation a year had a 37 percent greater chance of dying than those who relaxed for longer. As if you needed another excuse to plan the trip of a lifetime for your 40th.
It’s the best year to start a new business.
If you’ve ever considered launching your very own business but worried that you were too old, banish those negative thoughts. A new study by MIT Sloan School of Management found that the average age for somebody starting a new business with at least one employee is 42. And if your startup is in the same field where you’ve had the most experience, you can expect to be 125 percent more successful than new business owners without the same track record.
Your grey hair is just proof that you’re healthier than ever.
A new University of Alabama study found that grey hair is an indication of a healthy immune system. That’s because the gene that regulates our immune systems also regulates hair color. And if you want more good news: According to a Match.com survey, 72 percent of women say they’re attracted to guys with gray, silver, or “salt and pepper” hair. You’re more beautiful than ever and your immune system is running strong.
You can drink lots of coffee—guilt free!
Here’s one daily habit that you won’t have to feel guilty about in your 40s. According to a new study from the National Cancer Institute, there was “an inverse association for coffee drinking with mortality,” in the words of one researcher. Apparently, the study says it’s okay to drink “eight or more” cups of java per day.
It’s a great age to become a dad.
Whether you’re planning on having a second (or third) kid or you’re a first-time father, you couldn’t have picked a better age to jump into parenthood.
You’ve officially reached the ideal astronaut age.
A Stanford University study on successful NASA astronauts found one common denominator: They all tend to be in their 40s. Which isn’t to say you should quit your job and apply for the next mission to Mars. But just keep this fun fact in your back pocket for the next time you feel old. You’re not old! You’re in your astronaut prime!
You’re part of a new “Ageless Generation.”
In a major new study by marketing agency SuperHuman, 80 percent of women in their 40s and 50s claim that middle age is far better than what they’d expected—and more than two-thirds considered themselves in the prime of life. They’re more active than their parents, happier and healthier, and 84 percent claim they in no way define themselves by their age. You couldn’t have picked a better time to turn 40.
You’ll be sweating less.
Women aged 40 and older tend to sweat considerably less than they did in their 20s and 30s. That’s according to a Journal of Applied Physiology study, which found “an age-related structural alteration in the eccrine glands,” otherwise known as your sweat glands. Whatever the new year brings you, it won’t involve sweat stains.
You can celebrate by going to a Cher concert.
Her new concert tour for 2019, called “Here We Go Again,” is the perfect way to ring in your 40s. On top of watching the now 72-year-old Cher prove (yet again) that you’re never too old to be at the top of your game, she’s singing the greatest hits of ABBA, such as “Mama Mia” and “Dancing Queen”—and all the other songs that’ll remind you of your junior high dances.
You’re entering your decade of peak creativity.
Research has shown that the average age for U.S. inventors applying for patents is 47. Who knows what great idea you’re going to come up with in 2019, but you’re at the perfect age to get your creative juices flowing.
You’ll be more trusting.
Though adults and elderly individuals are often portrayed as being grumpy, pessimistic, and passive-aggressive, the reality is that with age comes a greater ability to trust. That’s according to research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, which determined that one of the benefits of getting older is an increase in trust and, thusly, an increase in wellbeing.
You can celebrate your big day with a Game of Thrones watch party.
If your birthday falls sometime after April, then you’re in luck. This year marks the final season of Game of Thrones, and for a true fan, this is the perfect opportunity to throw a GoT-themed birthday party (which, of course, wouldn’t be complete without the Game of Thrones/Johnnie Walker White Walker whisky). And speaking of the dark drink, make sure you check out the 13 Best Whiskeys You’l Find at Any Liquor Store—Ranked.
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