Alert
Close

Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'

Contests and
Sweeps

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win!
See official rules. 

Happiness
poll

most popular
articles

Viewed

Commented

With 50 in the Rearview Mirror

13 Little Luxuries We Deserve Now That We’re Over 50

Indulge in some of life's well-earned treats

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win! Official rules.

One of the kids asks, "What's the good thing about growing up?"

There is one.

It's a mixed blessing for sure, but the best part may be that you really have earned some of life's treats. You really are worth it, and you really do deserve it. For us, it's more than a marketing tool, it is truth, an axiom for the good life.

Join the discussion: Share your most memorable vacation spots

A massage - one of the little luxuries Jaquelyn Mitchard lists for the over 50 population.

Get a massage, one of life's treats. You've earned it. — Photo by Thomas Rodriguez/Corbis

Let's talk little luxuries. They're almost better than the big ones. Big satisfaction for small expenditure, and small guilt!

Face cream on your hands. Clean jersey-knit sheets. The scent of wood smoke on a fall day, even if you have to burn the old kitchen cabinets. Your kind of music, on a player that holds 2,000 songs, and never once reverb-ed a rapper.

Once you're 50-plus — if you can do it — really do it.

Regret nothing.

1. A chef-cooked meal at home once a month. (Yes, you can. Nearby, you have a culinary school or a technical school with a culinary arts program.)

2. The coolest-ever phone.

3. The comfiest-ever new mattress.

4. Real maple syrup. (It's more than $100 a gallon, but don't buy a gallon — all at once, at least.) Get the raw honey, while you're at it. Get the raw Hawaiian ginger honey, while you're at it.

5. Shoes that play footsie with your feetsies.

6. Coffee that you grind yourself. Better yet, coffee that someone grinds for you, and cleans up afterward.

7. Manicures every week. Even if you're a guy. Especially if you're a guy.

8. Fabulous teeth.

9. A catered Christmas. It IS OK. It IS still Christmas.

10. A catered Thanksgiving, Easter, Passover, Halloween, Arbor Day, Grandparents Day, Boxing Day …

11. Nice photos of the motorcycle, time-share, downhill skis, gourmet club, wine of the month, and formal wear you gave up for your kids.

12. The 9 o'clock movie, and not on Saturday morning.

13. A six-pack (of massage certificates).

You may also like: 25 things we can give up after 50.

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the best-selling author of 21 books.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line offers 5% off on select cruises, plus other special offers.

Tanger Outlets

Members receive a free Tanger Coupon Book including up to 20% discount offers.

Life insurance: you are covered rain or shine

Members can convert their assets into guaranteed income for life with AARP Lifetime Income Program from New York Life.

Member Benefits

Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change. Join Today

Featured
Groups

5 Weeks to a New Life

How do you resolve differences in a relationship — without fighting? Share your tips in our online community and be eligible to win prizes. Discuss

The Reinvention Group

The Reinvention Group

Ask questions, find support and share information about changing gears in your 50+ years. Discuss

coffeeshop

The Coffee Shop

Kick back and enjoy lighthearted conversation among Online Community locals. Discuss