Happiness is a choice you make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old
A New York Times Bestseller!
An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the "oldest old"-- those eighty-five and up.
In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America's fastest-growing age group, he anticipated learning of challenges, of loneliness, and of the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the elders he met took him in an entirely different direction. Despite disparate backgrounds and circumstances, they each lived with a surprising lightness and contentment. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise.
Happiness Is a Choice You Make is an enduring collection of lessons that emphasizes, above all, the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives. With humility, heart, and wit, Leland has crafted a sophisticated and necessary reflection on how to "live better"--informed by those who have mastered the art.
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|display_description||Based on the popular New York Times series, life-changing wisdom from an unexpected source: America's oldest oldIn 2015, the award-winning New York Times journalist John Leland set out to meet some of the city's oldest inhabitants for a series on America's fastest-growing age group: those over eighty-five. Leland was at a crossroads in his own life. His marriage had fallen apart, and at fifty-five, he was alone for the first time. He was also caring for his elderly mother, whose main desire was to die. He understood aging, like many of us do, as nothing more than the relentless deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. He wondered: Is there a threshold at which life is no longer worth living?But the six elders Leland interviewed took him in a different direction. Beyond illuminating what it's like to be old, physically and materially, they provided a life-changing education in resilience and joy. They had lived long enough to master the art of living, and they shared their wisdom generously. Leland did not anticipate all that he would learn, nor did he anticipate the popularity of the series: Its following grew to nearly half a million online views for the finale, plus print readers.Happiness Is a Choice You Make, based on the series, is a rare, intimate glimpse into the end of life, and the insight that can enhance the years preceding. What he finds is deeply heartening: Even as our faculties decline, we still wield extraordinary influence over the quality of our lives. Happiness is a choice we make.|
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|isbn||9780374168186, 9780374717056, 9781427293336, 9781432845810|
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000704890|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Farrar, Straus and Giroux,||240 pages ; 22 cm, ils:CARL0000759520|Book|Books||English|Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,|2018.|341 pages (large print) : 23 cm., overdrive:1e62a8f4-88d3-4e95-aca7-2ba72f74e53f|eBook|eBook||English|Farrar, Straus and Giroux|2018|, overdrive:49c2e87d-e3ae-4310-9d9d-8f5ed2bd768d|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Macmillan Audio|2018||
|subject_facet||Conduct of life, Happiness in old age, Large type books, Older people, SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness, Wisdom|
|title_display||Happiness is a choice you make : lessons from a year among the oldest old|
|title_full||Happiness Is a Choice You Make Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old, Happiness is a choice you make : lessons from a year among the oldest old / John Leland|
|title_short||Happiness is a choice you make :|
|title_sub||Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old|
|topic_facet||Conduct of life, Family & Relationships, Happiness in old age, Large type books, Nonfiction, Older people, SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness, Self-Improvement, Wisdom|