What can the old teach the young about living a good life? This week on Tapestry, we hear wisdom from the elders on everything from marrying the right person, to raising happy children, to staying connected with the people you love.
For more on the show and our guest...
is a gerontologist and a
professor of human development at Cornell University. For five years, he
and his colleagues interviewed more than a thousand people over the age
of 65, asking them what they had learned about how to live a good life.
Their research is available at The Legacy Project
, and in a book called
30 Lessons for Living
Here are some of questions we'd like you to think about:
- As you look back over your life, do you see any "turning points"?
- What can younger people do to avoid having regrets later in life?
- What would you say are the major values or principles that you live by?
Were also looking for your thoughts for an upcoming story about only children
. Does being an only child shape the kind of life you go on to live? If you're a parent, did you ever worry about having an only child? Tell us your story of being an only - of hating it or loving it - or maybe, wishing you were one.
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