Cornell University professor Carl Pilemer conducted a survey of 1,500 people aged 70 to 100 years of age or older. In the study, he asked older people about their life experiences and the secrets of successful living.
The results of the survey and its analysis formed the basis of the book, "30 Lessons for Life: The tried and true advice from the wisest Americans" (30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans), writes Harvard Gazette.
1. Remember that life is short.
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Conversation with housewives, businessmen and even a former pilot Pilemer started with a simple question: "What is the most important lesson you have done in your life?"
During the meeting the respondents were also asked about their family life, children, money, work, aging and health.
Surprisingly, most of the participants noted the transience of life.
2. On the career? Do what you like.
Although many respondents have experienced difficult economic times, they did not advise the young to find a stable and well-paid job. Instead, they said, "Make only those that love."
Keeping in mind the brevity of life, all were advised to find a job that would bring joy, satisfaction and was useful. According to them, do not waste time on something you do not like it, even for a few years.
3. Healthy way of life? Treat your body as if you are going to use it to 100 years.
With today's medical technology unhealthy way of life does not mean a quick death. Most often, this means reducing the pleasant life in old age.
Instead of tips on "regular use of vegetables", "prolonged sleep" and "quitting" study participants repeatedly stressed: "Think of your body as if you are going to use it to 100 years."
People who were unhealthy lifestyles, tend to suffer 20, 30, or 40 years from chronic diseases.
4. The biggest regret? Senseless anxiety.
When asked about the biggest regret of older people do not remember the novels on the side, or addiction to something dubious business.
They almost unanimously answered, "I wish I had spent so much time worrying."
5. Happiness? Do not tie your happiness with something. Be happy, no matter what.
Another important tip is associated with the responsibility for your own happiness.
And although it sounds like a cliche, people who have lived life, firmly believe in the following: "Young people tend to believe that you can be happy unless something happens. As you get older, you realize that we have to be happy, no matter what. "