Sometimes, the advice of the Legacy Project Elders is short – and sweet. Here’s an example.
Acording to the elders, much of what is most enjoyable about their lives are the little things, the day-to-day features of creating a contented life. Ivan, 84, summed it up an a short but memorable way.
It sounds corny and trite, but I would tell people this lesson: Take time to turn off your cell phone, your tablet, your electronics. Get outside. Enjoy a walk in the forest. Savor the fragrances of nature after a summer storm. Watch a sunrise or sunset with someone you love. Listen to the birds sing. Lie down in a field of flowers and watch the clouds.
A happy life is a lot of contentment but with surges of joy and a minimum of sorrow. You can find contentment a lot easier than you can find continuous joy.