Are you looking for answers to life’s big questions? How about advice on happiness, finding fulfilling work, love
and marriage, or living a life without regrets? You’ve come to the right place! At the Legacy Project, we’ve asked more than 1200 older Americans to share their advice for younger people about how to live happier lives. (And the book on the topic will make a perfect graduation gift this spring!).
Many of the elders looked at their long lives with a sense of humor. Here are a few of my favorites from the interviews with people ages 70 to 108:
Save your money, take care of yourself, play golf.
Stay out of trouble – and steer clear of other people’s wives!
Choose to be happy. I even wear my Clinique perfume called “Happy.”
Don’t wear a miniskirt when you’re sixty-eight.
God don’t like people that mess around where they ain’t supposed to be. I know he put it out there for you to do if you want to do it, but he don’t tell you to do it!
Well, I don’t think my life would have worked without God in my life because my husband is Mexican-Italian and I’m English-Irish, along that line, and if we hadn’t had God in our life, we just wouldn’t have made it.
I think stick with your beliefs but listen to other people’s sides. A couple of times I think I even voted for Democrats.
Learn new things, don’t sit back and stagnate. I’ve got to admit that we just got a new computer and it still terrifies me. I couldn’t even program anything and I’m a damn mechanic! And here comes an eight year old boy who can work it so well!
I’ve learned that it’s much easier to be positive than negative, it’s easier to smile than to frown, and when in doubt, eat chocolate!
Come join the conversation with the wisest Americans!