Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old by John LelandAn extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the oldest old-- those eighty-five and up.
In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of Americas fastest-growing age group, he anticipated learning of challenges, of loneliness, and of the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the elders he met took him in an entirely different direction. Despite disparate backgrounds and circumstances, they each lived with a surprising lightness and contentment. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise.
Happiness Is a Choice You Make is an enduring collection of lessons that emphasizes, above all, the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives. With humility, heart, and wit, Leland has crafted a sophisticated and necessary reflection on how to live better--informed by those who have mastered the art.
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Old age is a great time to sit back and enjoy your life. Enjoying your life is a significant contributor to healthy aging. A study conducted by researchers from the University College in London showed that happy people were more robust and fit. The study followed older people including 3, men and women aged 60 years and above living in England over the course of 8 years. This study examined the relationship between a positive outlook and physical well-being.
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Spend more time with elderly people and discover what brings meaning and pleasure to their twilight years despite the losses, both physical and social, they may have suffered. Actually, the wisdom therein might be equally valuable for young and middle-aged adults who may dread getting old. Too many in our youth-focused culture currently regard the elderly with fear or disdain and consider them costly consumers of resources with little to offer in return. Given the explosive pace of technology that often befuddles the elderly, they command little or no respect for the repository of wisdom that was once cherished by the young and still is in some traditional societies. Marc E. Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist at the Miami Jewish Home whose decades of caring for the aged have taught him that it is possible to maintain purpose and meaning in life even in the face of significant disease and disability, impaired mental and physical functioning and limited participation in activities. As Mr.
Skip to main content Skip to main navigation Get instructions for navigating this site. For the Network. Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age. Authors of two books about aging pass along some of the wisdom of the oldest old about what brings meaning and pleasure to their twilight years. Skip to main content Skip to main navigation Get instructions for navigating this site Search Search. March 19,