I love asking the elderly what their secrets are to life. I especially love asking people who have been married for over 50 years, what their recipe is for a happy marriage. The answers are always interesting and a theme that commonly comes up in these informal conversations is love, trust, and friendship.

So when I came across an article in the Huffington Post today highlighting Karl Pillemer’s findings from talking to over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and health, I had to dive in.

Photo credit: Huffington Post. Seven Key Pieces of Advice From Elders On Living And Loving

Photo credit: Huffington Post. Seven Key Pieces of Advice From Elders On Living And Loving

In the article titled “He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here’s What They Told HimPillemer shared seven key pieces of advice he’s heard repeatedly from older Americans — about their greatest regrets, finding fulfillment, and keeping relationships healthy through life’s ups-and-downs.

We just had to share, but do read the whole article!

  1. Stop worrying so much.
  2. In relationships, sweat the small stuff.
  3. Don’t sacrifice your relationship for your children.
  4. People who share core values typically have better marriages.
  5. Communicate early, communicate often.
  6. Approach marriage as a discipline.
  7. Take time to craft the story of your life.

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