Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old

Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old

An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the "oldest old"-- those eighty-five and up. In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America's fastest-grow An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Ma...

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Title:Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old
Author:John Leland
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0374168180
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old Reviews

  • Jane
    Feb 09, 2018
    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...
  • Kate
    May 20, 2018
    This book comes from Leland?s series on living past 85 for the NYT. Better than average, but not mind blowing lessons about living in the moment and finding little joys etc. Good reminders that the people who have the best experience in old age are those who believe that old age is a...
  • Holly
    Mar 08, 2018
    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...
  • Rich
    Apr 10, 2018
    "Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac Gangsta whitewalls TV antennas in the back You may not have a car at all But remember brothers and sisters You can still stand tall Just be thankful for what you got" P.S. - Though simple and predictable, this book made me feel go...
  • Karen
    Apr 21, 2018
    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...
  • Elyse P
    Apr 24, 2018
    Maybe the newspaper column that these stories came from was more interesting. I didn't discover anything new or learn anything surprising. (Gratitude, humor, sense of purpose, social network, etc were among the lessons...) In spite of its short length, I had a hard time finishing becau...
  • George
    May 30, 2018
    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...
  • Terri
    Apr 19, 2018
    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...
  • Julie Barrett
    Apr 14, 2018
    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...
  • Lesa
    Feb 26, 2018
    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...
  • Ericka Clouther
    Feb 07, 2018
    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...
  • Gina
    Apr 30, 2018
    "Happiness is a Choice You Make" is sometimes painful to read. It reminds us that if we are destined to live for many decades, we may be in for some challenging times, medically and psychologically. Still, it is enlightening to learn from people who have been around long enough to see ...
  • Rachel
    May 12, 2018
    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...
  • Lynne Spreen
    Feb 04, 2018
    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...
  • Maggie
    Feb 28, 2018
    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...
  • Terri Suda
    Mar 07, 2018
    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...
  • Kristine
    Feb 07, 2018
    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...
  • Kristen
    May 08, 2018
    The lessons offered by the elders profiled here are crucial. Seize the day and live in the moment, express gratitude, accept the good and the bad as two sides of the same coin, and place the highest value on the things that really matter in life. Those are important things to remember,...
  • Maria
    Feb 02, 2018
    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...
  • Patricia
    Mar 05, 2018
    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...
  • Deborah Hebblewhite
    Mar 05, 2018
    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...
  • Caitlin
    May 11, 2018
    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...
  • Amanda
    May 31, 2018
    This was a fantastic book. I did the audiobook and the people he interviewed introduce themselves at the end. I got a lot out of the stories, especially related to caring for my Mom with dementia. ...
  • John Kaufmann
    Mar 27, 2018
    Solid. Leland wrote about life lessons from six "extraordinary" elders he has met over the years. There are some good insights, and it is an interesting read. I thought about giving it four stars to distinguish it from several similar books about aging to which I gave only three stars ...
  • Dawn
    Mar 19, 2018
    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...
  • Terry Mensching
    Mar 04, 2018
    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...
  • Ellyn Lem
    Apr 24, 2018
    This book might not seem like it would be a "fun read," but I thought it was fantastic--how one middle-aged NY Times reporter going through some life crises spent a year with six senior citizens who taught him how to make the most of one's life. The six individuals he focused on had di...
  • diane diener
    Apr 08, 2018
    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...
  • Rachel Blakeman
    Mar 11, 2018
    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...
  • Andrea McGinnis
    Jun 26, 2018
    An excellent read. I only had 2 days to read this book as a number of books had become available from holds all at once. Very captivating stories of 6 folks approaching the last few years of their lives. So many life lessons..... ...