The joy of aging

I just finished reading a fascinating book by Dr. George Vaillant, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. It’s titled Aging Well—Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development.

Of course, even though I now have two children who are college graduates and I was well past my teenage years when they were born, I’m not ready for a book on aging. Not me. Not yet.

Why do baby boomers like me try so hard to deny that we’re growing older? Why do we dread the inevitable so much?

Maybe because we haven’t read Dr. Valliant’s book, which is filled with positive news about growing older. Whenever you think about successful aging, he says, “Think joy!”

“Positive aging,” he says, “means to love, to work, to learn something we did not know yesterday and to enjoy the remaining precious moments with loved ones.”

We’ll share more from Dr. Valliant in our next blog post.

–Joy

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