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Look Inside. Oct 30, ISBN Nov 10, ISBN This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often. His quest led him to interview more than one thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five to seek their counsel on all the big issues- children, marriage, money, career, aging.
Karl Pillemer wrote 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans to provide us with practical advice from the experts about how to make the most out of life. I had the chance to interview Karl as well. I went on a quest for wisdom. To find practical guidance for living, my answer was to search for the life wisdom of older people. Why in the world would I be unhappy? People here complain all the time, but not me.
In contemporary society, we don't often ask our elders for advice. We're much more likely to talk to professionals, read books by pop psychologists or motivational speakers, or surf the internet for solutions to our problems. In general and for the first time in human history , we no longer look to our society's oldest members as a key source of wisdom for how to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. As a gerontologist, I have come to believe that this attitude is a serious mistake. Older individuals especially persons age 70 and beyond , are in fact the most credible experts we have available for knowledge about how to live well through hard times. They have been through unique historical experiences -- such as the Great Depression and World War II -- that have taught them how to thrive in the face of adversity. And they have personally experienced many of the tragedies younger people dread, giving them the ability to advise the rest of us about resilience in the face of illness and loss.