This book by Karl Pillemer, Ph.D. is one of the best books that I’ve read. I love self-help books that I can learn from. The best way to learn is from people who’ve experienced a lot of things during their lifetime. These “wisest Americans” want to share what they have learned. All we need to do is listen and apply these lessons to our own life.
The book is broken down into 8 chapters and the “expert” advice is for:
- “Finding the right mate and staying happily married
- Raising children who turn out well and enjoy your company
- Discovering work you love
- Growing older gracefully and without anxiety
- Avoiding major regrets
- Living a life with a sense of completion and fulfillment”
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This book has practical advice on how to make the most of your life. If you are interested in learning the best practices for living your life, this is a great book to read*.
Here are some lessons for living from the book:
- Marry someone a lot like you. It’s important to have the same basic values.
- Choose a career for the intrinsic rewards, not the financial ones. A sense of purpose and passion for one’s work is better than a bigger paycheck.
- It’s all about time. Spend more time with your children and sacrifice to do it.
- Being old is much better than you think. Don’t waste your time about getting old. Being old brings you a sense of wholeness, acceptance, and the ability to enjoy pleasures, despite loss.
- Always be honest. The experts advise us to be honest, to have integrity, to be someone others can trust. If not, we will regret it.
- Time is of the essence. Live as though life is short. Make sure to do the important things now.
We’ve heard this advice before but try to practice it in your life now. If you want to learn the other 24 life lessons, definitely buy this book*. I love this book so much that I’ve recommended this book to my sister, brother, nieces, nephews, and friends. It’s a great best practices guide/lessons for living. It’s one of the best life guides I’ve read. Any guide for your life is priceless.