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 Ph.D.
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 Ph.D.



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“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 Morrie, 30 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: 9781101545850
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/10/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 444,449
File size: 395 KB
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")

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)

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)

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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