Sep 22, 2020
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
Posted by Karl Pillemer

Heartfelt and ever endearing equal parts information and inspiration This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often Amy Dickinson, nationally syndicated advice columnist Ask Amy After a chance encounter with a remarkable ninety year old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer decided to find out what older people know about life that the rest of u Heartfelt and ever endearing equal parts information and inspiration This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often Amy Dickinson, nationally syndicated advice columnist Ask Amy After a chance encounter with a remarkable ninety year old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer decided to find out what older people know about life that the rest of us don t His quest led him to speak with a thousand Americans over the age of sixty five many of whom can remember the Depression and World War II While some of their tales reaffirmed timeless wisdom, others surprised Pillemer with the unexpected Now with a new preface by Jane Brody, 30 Lessons for Living distills their moving stories and hard won advice To learn how to live without regret, persevere through hard times, find fulfillment, and age fearlessly and well, there is no one better to ask than the people who have done it themselves.This beautiful paperback edition features deckled edges and french flaps a perfect gift for any occasion.

  • Title: 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
  • Author: Karl Pillemer
  • ISBN: 9780452298484
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lessons for Living Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans Heartfelt and ever endearing equal parts information and inspiration This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often Amy Dickinson nationally syndicated advice columnist Ask Amy After a ch


    I was hoping this book would tell us the secrets of the good life It does, but it s not fun to read It s a bit boring The lessons given are excellent, though Following are the notes I took from the first hundred pages of the book, before I quit.On marriage 1 Marry someone a lot like you who has the same core values about a Money b Education c Has same background d Likes doesn t like reading the same amount e Political views f Living not living ostentatiously g Owing something to the world or the [...]

    Karen O"leary

    Wow I think this book came along at a great time for me I was feeling like I was stuck in a little bit of a rut and I walked away from this with lot of great ideas for living life well a super easy read and filled with anecdotes, each chapter focuses on different areas that make up our exsistence marriage, kids, work, travel etc I especially liked the wisdom of the experts the interviewed elders on the topic of worrying that there is absolutely no point in worry plan things but then let them go [...]


    A great book with insightful tips on life.I am generally not one for these types of books because they tend to be filled with BS I was surprised to find this to be a comforting read, like a cup of tea on a cold day I really enjoyed the POV of the author and the message Do I recommend that you read this book Yes, actually Pick it up and see some of the things it has to say This book celebrates living a life that leads to building long lasting relationships and being happy More than that, I found [...]


    Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer conducted interviews with really elderly people older than me asking them what advice they d give younger people about marriage, children, careers, aging, living without regrets, how to stop worrying, etc There s a nice balance between his commentaryand the quotations he uses from the elderly themselves, and much of the advice particularly about the qualities needed to make a marriage last a long time and about how to be happy ring true In this quick read, the [...]

    Yong-Gu Bae

    A must read If 10 stars were available, I would give them There are a lot of stories and valuable lessons to learn I am glad that I read this book and learned from the experts I would like to take action accordingly.

    Sean Goh

    It s very heartwarming and at time emotionally stirring to read these stories of the elderly, to be so privileged as to gleam a silver of their accumulated wisdom DR Don t go to bed angry Most things couples disagree upon aren t worth than a day s combat If you can t wake up in the morning and want to go to work, you re in the wrong job When dealing with one s children, relax your expectations and assume that failure is inevitable at times Dealing with problems in a supportive way is what count [...]


    Some interesting insights about marriage and parenting, but nothing really groundbreaking The opinions seem to be somewhat biased by the Boomer generation that grew up during the depression or WWII They seemed somewhat self centered in their thinking, and I hope that the next generation will have thoughts that involve about other people rather than themselves Maybe their regrets would involve not adding to pollution and climate change and not damaging the world for future generations Maybe thei [...]


    When I first saw 30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer as intriguing as the title was it also seemed a bit cliche and pat What did this book have to offer that was unique As the author himself says in the first chapter, there are than 30,000 self help books in print today and people rush out to buy them hoping for a quick fix Why read, or even better, buy another one 30 Lessons for Living Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans is exactly that Advice that has come from hundreds of elde [...]


    Author is a gerontologist who queried, then interviewed hundreds of Americans aged 65 to get advice for what is most important for a life well lived It is segmented by category Marriage, Career, Parenting, Aging, Avoiding Regret, and Happiness Each category has themes and is given life by stories from the inverviewees, who have seen it all The author reminds us that nobody reaches that age without hurdles to overcome, sadness, tragedy this generation was born during the depression and remembers [...]


    It is one of the best books I ve read this year While not all 30 lessons are new, over half of them are profound and applicable MustRead


    Those among us of the Greatest Generation who survived WWII, the Depression, and some the Holocaust, are quickly leaving us This author, a gerontologist, wanted to gather as much wisdom from those who survived and flourished, before all are gone This might sound like a somewhat depressing collection, but for me it was anything but After interviewing hundreds of people, mostly in their late 80 s, up to in their 100 s, Mr Pillemer summarizes their stories, and advice, into 5 or 6 major categories, [...]


    As a person in my mid 30s and approaching 40 fast, there is so much about my youth that I wish I had the wisdom to do things differently If only I knew And that is just looking back, looking forward there is so much unknown and uncertainties.We, as a human race, have so much life experiences, but we are not very good at documenting and sharing our life lessons and collective wisdom This is a rare book that looks into this It aggregates life advises from a large number of old people and present t [...]


    i was debating between 4 and 5 stars b c the quotes from the wisest really made it a 5 star, not the interpretation of the remarks by the author it s one of those books where if you feel you need some guidance or mentorship back to reality and what REALLY matters while we are blessed to be living on this earth, then this is a great resource it made me miss my grandparents so much, i wished i had spent time just asking them these types of questions i wonder what their responses would have been.


    Fantastic Okay so there were some sections I was into than the others the relationship one and the happiness one for example , but all in all this was a insightful and wonderful read It made me think, ponder and realize that I really just want the best life I can make for myself thank to the words of wisdom of America s oldest citizens Great book Just ordered a copy off for my personal library,


    Lots of sage advice from folks who have lived their lives I like books like this that give pause for reflection and introspection.


    My mother gave me this book for my birthday because it said 30 on it and I just turned 30 I didn t think I d read it, but decided to try to squeeze it in my health and well being theme this month I actually really enjoyed this book All of my grandparent s have passed away and I never really got to ask them for much real world advise which is extra sad cause at the end of this book it has questions to ask your personal elders to get answers similar to what the book is full of Reading this book wa [...]

    Mary Vermillion

    This book was lovely fuel for my spirit during Thanksgiving break My key take away was a quote from the Talmud We will be held accountable for all the permitted pleasures we failed to enjoy These words remind me of one of my favorite passages from a novel, Alice Walker s The Color Purple Shug tells Celie, I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don t notice it People think pleasing God is all God cares about But any fool living in the world can see it a [...]

    Jaclyn McClain

    I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone looking to live a fulfilling life For those of us who are no longer blessed to have grandparents in our lives, this is the next best thing I wish I would have come across the advice in this book sooner but am happy to have found it now The personal accounts given by these wise, older Americans are quite interesting and will touch your heart It will make you think about where you can make changes to better your own life right now.


    This is one of the best books i have ever read It is a roadmap of how to live your life without regrets by tapping a resource that too often goes ignored people with experience Instead of following books written by people who are in the middle of their lives and who are also still trying to figure it out, read this and reap the rewards of the wisdom from over a thousand interviewees who have lived 80, 90, and even over 100 years already I want to gift to now to so many people.

    Prashant Ghai

    This book is equivalent of talking to grandparents all over America and learning how to live your life The best part about this book is that the conversations with elders covers almost all major aspect of a person s life Marriage, Children, Career, Money, Death, etc.I would highly recommended this book to everybody Pearls of wisdom from the earlier generation.


    Here is the wisdom of seniors, gained from 1200 interviews in a research study As a senior, I say this should be required reading for all Something to ponder on, even if I don t agree with everything.


    Since I am currently involved in meeting with senior citizens and interviewing them about their lives, this book reverberated what we have found to be true, our seniors are a wealth of knowledge

    Jose Sandino B.

    Lleno de sabiduriaNecesario leer este libro para llevar una vida saludable y segura Por que experimentar y cometer errores si ya otros nos est n alertando


    Was intrigued by the concept but it was so bogged down it was hard pulling the nuggets of wisdom from all the text I skim read a fair amount.

    Avi Eisenman

    This book is like a cheat sheet for life Would definitely recommend.


    I ve always enjoyed listening to older people the experts share their stories and wisdom One of my favorite passage was about the most frequently mentioned advice during the interviews, to live by the Golden Rule The version of the Golden Rule that most of the experts learned in Sunday school comes from the King James Version of the Bible and goes like this All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them But one reason why the Golden Rule comes up so frequently [...]


    Not riveting but pleasant to listen to A lot of things you would expect but some surprises A few parts definitely spoke to me.


    What is the key to living a fulfilling life What choices can you make now to ensure you have no regrets later in life Karl Pillemer, Ph.D has interviewed than 1,000 Americans over the age of 65 who he calls the experts to get the answers to these questions He presents his findings in 30 Lessons for Living Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.He doesn t tell the life stories of the participants, but rather the lessons they offered when looking back on their lives The lessons span seve [...]


    Very good book Solid advice and solid stories from elderly men and women who had wonderful and very sad relationship experiences Hear what they see looking back on their lives Communication is the number one theme and there are many fun and useful stories.


    I thought the lessons were really good and stuck with me As a result of this book, I want to travel with the kids I also want the kids to read this someday marriage Marry homogeneously money, religion, politics, values Marry someone who you would choose as a friend Don t keep score, ask, what can I do for them everyday Be able to commucate well Able to resolve conflicts Talk about anything See it as a lifetime commitment Don t go to bed angry work choose a career for the intrinsic rewards, not [...]

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