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 the elderly about their life experiences and the secrets of a successful life.
The results of the survey and its analysis formed the basis of the book "30 Lessons for life: the tried and true tips from the wisest of Americans" (30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans), writes Harvard Gazette.
Tip 1 Remember that life is short.
Interview 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, respondents were also asked about their family life, children, money, work, aging and health.
Surprisingly, most of the participants pointed out the transience of life.
2. career? Do what you like.
Although many respondents have experienced tough economic times, they did not advise the young to find a stable and well-paid job. Instead, they said, "do only what pleases".
Bearing in mind the brevity of life, all advised to find a job that would bring joy and a sense of satisfaction was useful. In their view, do not waste time on what you do not like, even for a few years.
3. A healthy lifestyle? Treat your body as if you are going to use it up to 100 years.
With modern medical technology unhealthy lifestyle does not mean a quick death. Most often, this means a reduction of a pleasant life in old age.
Instead of tips on "regular consumption of vegetables," "prolonged sleep" and "smoking cessation" study participants repeatedly stressed: "Treat your body as if you are going to use it up to 100 years".
People who lead unhealthy lifestyles, tend to suffer 20, 30 or 40 years from chronic diseases.
4. The biggest regret? The senseless anxiety.
When asked about the biggest regret of the elderly did not remember the novels on the side, the relationship to something or questionable business.
They almost unanimously responded: "I wish I had spent so much time worrying"
5. Happiness? Do not associate happiness with something. Be happy, no matter what.
Another important tip is connected with the responsibility for your own happiness.
Although it sounds like a cliché, people who have lived a 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 ".