Over the course of their lives, the elders in the Legacy Project raised over 3000 children, and had a total of around 40,000 years of married life! So they have some very good advice. Geraldine offers tips based on her long and happy marriage, and her experience as a parent and foster parent.
A number of the Legacy Project elders had an important lesson for living: Develop the ability to listen – that is, to really listen. Bill, 80, discovered the importance of being truly attentive to what others are saying. It may seem like a small point, but it has huge benefits for relationships with others.
Eleanor’s advice for happiness is the latest addition to our video library of elder wisdom. She offers two lessons that are clear and to the point: How to be happy, and how to avoid regrets. Enjoy!
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What do you learn over 95 years of living? Ruth is an inspiring example of what we learn from our own experiences that we can pass on.
One interesting finding of the Legacy Project (described in the book 30 Lessons for Living) is that most elders did not endorse corporal punishment of children; Ruth tells you why. She also offers tips for a happy marriage.
Should we worry so much about getting older? Research shows that many young people do. So one of the most surprising findings from the Legacy Project is how positive most of the elders are about life after 70. In these two compelling videos, Jackie and Dr. Monty share their strategies for positive aging.
I’m not sure if there is a more inspiring elder from the Legacy Project than Marilyn. I find that if I need a pick-me-up, I can listen to her wisdom about squeezing everything you can from life and saying yes to opportunity. These are great lessons from someone who has lived a highly adventurous life – thoughts to be truly savored.
Helga’s family fled the Nazis in the 1930s, moving to the safety of the United States. Helga and her husband made a wonderful life for themselves and their family, but tragedy struck again in the sudden death of their daughter. Helga worked through the tragedy, however, and shares invaluable lessons for living through loss.