Table of contents:
- 1. Remember that life is short
- 2. About your career? Do what you like
- 3. Healthy lifestyle? Treat your body as if you are going to use it for up to 100 years
- 4. What is your biggest regret? Pointless anxiety
- 5. Happiness? Don't associate your happiness with anything. Be happy no matter what
2023 Author: Katelyn Chandter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:08
People who have lived for many years share life experiences and secrets of a successful life. Tried and true advice from the wisest.
Cornell University professor Karl Pilomer surveyed 1,500 people aged 70 to 100 and older. During the research, he asked older people about their life experiences and the secrets of a successful life. The results of the survey, as well as its analysis, formed the basis of the book "30 Lessons for Life: Tried and True Tips from the Wisest Americans."
1. Remember that life is short
Pilomer began his conversation with housewives, entrepreneurs and even a former pilot with a simple question: "What is the most important conclusion you have made in your life?"
During the meeting, respondents were also asked questions about their family life, children, money, work, aging and health. Surprisingly, most of the participants noted the transience of life.
2. About your career? Do what you like
Although many respondents went through difficult economic times, they discouraged young people from finding stable and well-paid jobs. Instead, they said, "Do only what you like."
Keeping in mind the short life span, everyone advised to find a job that would bring joy, a sense of satisfaction and be useful. In their opinion, you should not waste time on what you do not like, even for several years.
3. Healthy lifestyle? Treat your body as if you are going to use it for up to 100 years
With modern medical technology, an unhealthy lifestyle does not mean death soon. More often than not, this means a reduction in the enjoyable life of old age.
Instead of giving advice on “eating vegetables regularly,” “sleeping longer,” and “quitting smoking,” study participants consistently emphasized, “Treat your body as if you’re going to use it until you’re 100 years old.” People who have led unhealthy lifestyles tend to suffer 20, 30, or 40 years of chronic illness.
4. What is your biggest regret? Pointless anxiety
When asked about their biggest regret, older people did not think of side affairs, addiction to something, or questionable business.
They almost unanimously replied, "It's a shame I wasted so much time worrying."
5. Happiness? Don't associate your happiness with anything. Be happy no matter what
Another important piece of advice has to do with taking responsibility for your own happiness. And while it sounds like a cliché, people who have lived their lives strongly believe in the following: “Young people tend to think that you can be happy if only something happens. As you get older, you understand that we should be happy no matter what.”