What Are Your Life Lessons?By TARA PARKER-POPE
In this week’s Personal Health column, Jane Brody writes about the many lessons to be learned from an aging population. After all, the elderly have already experienced the stumbles, mistakes and second-chances that are (hopefully) still ahead for the rest of us.
Eventually, most of us learn valuable lessons about how to conduct a successful and satisfying life. But for far too many people, the learning comes too late to help them avoid painful mistakes and decades of wasted time and effort…Enter an invaluable source of help, if anyone is willing to listen while there is still time to take corrective action. It is a new book called “30 Lessons for Living” (Hudson Street Press) that offers practical advice from more than 1,000 older Americans from different economic, educational and occupational strata who were interviewed as part of the ongoing Cornell Legacy Project.
Its author, Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell and a gerontologist at the Weill Cornell Medical College, calls his subjects “the experts,” and their advice is based on what they did right and wrong in their long lives.
To learn more, read the full story, “Advice From Life’s Graying Edge on Finishing With No Regrets,” and be sure to listen to the voices of six men and women in the interactive feature “The Lessons of Life.” And then please join the discussion below.
Tell us, briefly, what you’ve learned about life in the course of living it, what lessons you want to leave behind and what you might do differently if you had a second time around.
So tell us, what are some of your greatest life lessons? Advice for others?
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