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.
In the article titled ““He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here’s What They Told Him” Pillemer 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!
- Stop worrying so much.
- In relationships, sweat the small stuff.
- Don’t sacrifice your relationship for your children.
- People who share core values typically have better marriages.
- Communicate early, communicate often.
- Approach marriage as a discipline.
- Take time to craft the story of your life.
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