30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

by Karl Pillemer

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30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans by Karl Pillemer

“Heartfelt and ever-endearing—equal parts information and inspiration. This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often.”—Amy Dickinson, nationally syndicated advice columnist "Ask Amy"

More than one thousand extraordinary Americans share their stories and the wisdom they have gained on living, loving, and finding happiness.

After a chance encounter with an extraordinary ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer began to wonder what older people know about life that the rest of us don't.

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. Their moving stories and uncompromisingly honest answers often surprised him. And he found that he consistently heard advice that pointed to these thirty lessons for living. Here he weaves their personal recollections of difficulties overcome and lives well lived into a timeless book filled with the hard-won advice these older Americans wish someone had given them when they were young.

Like This I Believe, StoryCorps's Listening Is an Act of Love, and Tuesdays with Morrie30 Lessons for Living is a book to keep and to give. Offering clear advice toward a more fulfilling life, it is as useful as it is inspiring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452298484
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 110,572
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karl Pillemer, PhD, is the founder and director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, a center that works to increase public awareness of aging research. Dr. Pillemer has authored more than one hundred scientific publications, and has spoken widely throughout the world on issues of successful aging, family relationships, and elder care.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

A Note on Names xv

Chapter 1 Who Are the Wisest Americans and What Can They Tell Us? 1

Chapter 2 Great Together Lessons for a Happy Marriage 13

Chapter 3 Glad to Get Up in the Morning Lessons for a Successful and Fulfilling Career 51

Chapter 4 Nobody's Perfect Lessons for a Lifetime of Parenting 85

Chapter 5 Find the Magic Lessons for Aging Fearlessly and Well 125

Chapter 6 I Can Look Everyone in the Eye Lessons for Living a Life without Regrets 163

Chapter 7 Choose Happiness Lessons for Living like an Expert 197

Chapter 8 The Last Lesson 249

Ten Questions to Ask the Experts in Your Life 257

Appendix: How the Study was Done 261

Notes 269

What People are Saying About This

Harold Kushner

Thank you, Dr. Pillemer, for gathering all this wisdom in one book before it is lost. I can't imagine anyone whose life will not be enriched by this book. (Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People)

From the Publisher

"The author skillfully weaves a prevailing theme (e.g., parenting, aging fearlessly) with self-disclosing statements from interviewees to create a compelling, inspirational book."

-Library Journal (starred; one of the "Top Self-Help Books of 2011")

Howard S. Friedman & Leslie R. Martin

If you want to hear the wisdom of the aged, this easy-to-read book, based on years of penetrating interviews by a prominent sociologist, tells you what they have learned about love, work, marriage, and parenting. (Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D. & Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D. authors of The Longevity Project)

Matthew Kelly

This is a fabulous book! Karl Pillemer has done an incredible job of bringing together the collective wisdom of hundreds of Americans into an entertaining, thought provoking, and practical book. Give it a read. You will find yourself getting out of bed in the morning with new enthusiasm. (Matthew Kelly, author of The Rhythm of Life and Off Balance)

Amy Dickinson

The "Wisest Americans" have a lot to teach the rest of us. Some of this advice is refreshingly commonsense. Much of it is truly surprising. It is always heartfelt and ever-endearing — equal parts information and inspiration. This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often. (Amy Dickinson, nationally syndicated advice columnist "Ask Amy")

Hal Urban

30 lessons for Living is an absolute gem! Thank you Karl Pillemer for taking the time to collect such a valuable trove of wisdom, and for sharing it with us in such a readable book. It's one that I'll recommend often. All of it is wonderful, but I particularly appreciated the lessons on honesty and saying yes to opportunities. Read this book - you'll get more out of life and have fewer regrets. (Hal Urban, author of Life's Greatest Lessons)

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30 Lessons for Living 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Janelle1940 More than 1 year ago
I am 71 years old and I needed to be reminded of how important each day is. I was reminded of how I can choose to live my life.
gutdoc More than 1 year ago
The author, a gerontologist interviews the "experts," people in their senior years about living a successful life. Most of these lessons are directed at younger adults who don't feel the pressure of how short time is. It is not likely however that many of these young adults will really be able to integrate that feeling into their daily lives; but for those few who can, this book is a good "how to" to make their lives more meaningful and worthwhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an astounding collection of life lessons from those 70 and older. Pillemer brings it together in a very easy-to-read manner, making it easy to see why this is often called the "Greatest Generation." These people have been through much more than any of us (under 50) can imagine, making their knowledge, sense of humor, and suggestions very worthwhile. By categorizing them, Pillemer makes it easy to skip to sections that might be more significant for you. While some of the suggestions may garner an "easier said than done" cynicism, Pillemer was sure to ask his "experts" on tips for HOW to life a better life. This makes for simple yet effective suggestions on how to redirect your life before it's too late. Own it. Read it. Pass it on. It will change your life, and in the process, change the lives of everyone around you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this book through out. The author has a nice easy and pleasant style. My favorite parts are the quotes from the older and wiser generation. They give us answers to questions I wish I had asked my grandparents and parents before I lost them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was walking around BN not looking for any book in particular, this book caught my eye. I grabbed it thinking - I'll read a page and put it back. Read 10 pages realized I had to buy, finished it that night! As a young adult who works with "experts" everyday it gave me a refreshing outlook on how much seniors can offer with their life experiences. I loved how the book is sectioned off, makes it easier to navigate and find "wisdom" in the area you need most. This book makes you realize that you must appreciate each and everyday you get, and to always be happy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I've read books of life stories from the elderly before, this one was different because it offered direct advice for living life well. I really appreciated the perspective the elders were willing to share, and plan to take their advice to heart. I'll read this again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful and very well written. The book transcends all ages - what a great concept. A MUST read!
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SEEN THE AUTHOR ON PBS. SOUNDED LIKE SOME THING I WOULD LIKE TO READ. I DID'NT UNDERSTAND IT WAS IN DIGITAL FORM. I CAN NOT DOWN LOAD IT ON TO MY STANDARD PC. JUST FLUSHED $13:70 DOWN THE TOILET.I WISH I HAD PAID A FEW BUCKS MORE FOR THE HARD COVER VERSION.BEWARE.