There is much we can learn about the good life from simply listening to those who have lived it.
In our study, we followed individuals as they progressed through life, seeing for ourselves what hindsight often misses. But hindsight is still a powerful tool in assessing what the good life practically looks like.
This means we must listen to the wisdom of the aged, to hear what they say about living the good life.
I found this article featured in The New York Times particularly interesting. This article follows John Leland and Nicole Bengiveno’s journey to discover what old age looks like in New York City. They followed six individuals, age 85 and up, and learned more about what old age has to offer.
Here’s what I gathered from this article:
Today, we spend our time with much worry and anger. This is because we have our whole lives ahead of us. But the aged live peaceful lives because they don’t concentrate their efforts on these feelings. Instead, they live with an incredible resolve—one that we could learn from.
To learn more about what the good life looks like from the perspective of the aged, view the article in The New York Times by clicking here.
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