Lighter as We GoVirtues, Character Strengths, and AgingBy: Mindy Greenstein; Jimmie HollandPublisher: Oxford University Press Academic USPrint ISBN: 9780199360956 eText ISBN: 9780199360970Edition: 0Format: Reflowable
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The fears of aging have been one long cascading domino effect through the years: twenty year-olds dread thirty; forty year-olds fear fifty; sixty fears seventy, and so it goes. And there is something to worry about, though it isn't what you'd expect: research shows that having a bad attitude toward aging when we're young is associated with poorer health when we're older. These worries tend to peak in midlife; but in <em>Lighter as We Go</em>, Mindy Greenstein and Jimmie Holland show us that, contrary to common wisdom, our sense of well-being actually increases with our age--often even in the presence of illness or disability. For the first time, Greenstein and Holland--on a joint venture between an 85 year-old and a fifty year-old--explore positive psychology concepts of character strengths and virtues to unveil how and why, through the course of a lifetime, we learn who we are as we go. Drawing from the authors' own personal, intergenerational friendship, as well as a broad array of research from many different areas--including social psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, humanities, psychiatry, and gerontology--<em>Lighter as We Go </em>introduces compassion, justice, community, and culture to help calm our cascading fears of aging.