Source: The New York Times
If you have friends or relatives in the last third of their lives, Karl Pillemer, who heads the Cornell Legacy Project, suggests that you ask what their experiences, both positive and negative, have taught them about living effectively. Their answers may both enrich your understanding and appreciation of important elders in your life and improve your own chances of living successfully.
Interview questions like these 10 formed the basis of Dr. Pillemer’s book “30 Lessons on Living: Tried and True Advice From the Wisest Americans.”
1. What are some of the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your life?
If the person has trouble getting started, Dr. Pillimer suggested you pose this question: If a young person asked, “What have you learned in your years in this world?,” what would you tell him or her?