Lessons on Happiness

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Lessons on Happiness

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I recently read a terrific book called "Happiness is a Choice You Make."

Author John Leland is a NY Times Reporter and he was given the assignment to follow 6 New Yorkers over the age of 85 for a year and chronicle their lives.  John is also the caregiver for his own mother and like most of us, struggles with this role and his relationship with his mother.  He speaks very honestly and candidly about his challenges.

Although the ultimate lesson of the book is optimistic, not everything in the book is rosy. Their lives are definitely not easy but there is a charming romance that he tells us about.  The elders do pass along the wisdom of accepting the changes that occur, expressing gratitude and living in the present moment.  Good lessons for all of us.

It got me thinking about what makes me happy. Can I apply the lessons that these elders in the book pass along?  Certainly, not everyday and not in every situation as a caregiver for my mother and when I think about the changes in myself as I get older.  I will try to put them into practice though.

If you're looking for a good book to read, I recommend it.  If you have read it, I'd love to know your thoughts.

Below is my interview with John that will give you a taste for the book and some of the lessons that he learned.

Listen to "Lessons on Happiness from NY Times Reporter" on Spreaker.

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