Skills for Positive Aging

Scientists have determined three skills that play a significant role in a long, happy life: resilience, belonging and interdependence. Resilience allows people to handle stress well and turn their misfortune into optimism and energy. Such people are happier and have more positive energy than others. Belong gives one a sense of purpose. “Living on purpose fills us with passion, drive and direction,” says executive coach and author Richard Leider. The third skill, interdependence, may be a bit harder for a culture taught to be independent.  However, as we age, we will experience challenges that force us to rely on others allowing us to make the most of our lives.
January 5, 2012, The Acorn

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