Life lessons from the elderly

A gerontologist and professor at Cornell University, Karl Pillemer set out to interview elderly men and women. He had seen studies indicating that many senior citizens were happier than people who were decades younger, despite being plagued with chronic disease, various disabilities and sagging skin. He wanted to know why — or, more to the point, how. Over the past six years, as Pillemer and his research team talked to 1,500 people age 70 and older, they gathered thousands of pages of transcripts filled with practical guides to a happy life.

“Life lessons from the elderly in ‘30 Lessons for Living’” By: Maggie Fazeli Fard
Washington Post
April 9th 2012

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