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10 - 106 Proof

from Part I - Caring For Your Mind

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2023

Elizabeth Eckstrom
Affiliation:
Oregon Health and Science University
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At 106, Eleanor’s quote: “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” Importance of making new friends as one ages. Many of our older friends will die. My children’s and grandchildren’s friends are also mine, through them. Your own joy increases when you make someone else happy. A highly concerning study reveals that one out of ten people report they have no close friendships at all. Everybody has something they like and can do! Volunteer! When you just think “poor me”, joy runs away from you. You have to think about making someone else happy. Bringing joy to others, focusing on others, is the surest way to know joy yourself. “Every morning when I wake up I say, ‘thank you.’ Thank you, God, for another day. Another good day.”

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The Gift of Aging
Growing Older with Purpose, Planning and Positivity
, pp. 64 - 68
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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