Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging

Hardcover | October 15, 2014

byMindy Greenstein, Jimmie Holland

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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 attitudetoward aging when we're young is associated with poorer health when we're older. These worries tend to peak in midlife; but in Lighter as We Go, 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 - ona 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 wellas a broad array of research from many different areas - including social psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, humanities, psychiatry, and gerontology - Lighter as We Go introduces compassion, justice, community, and culture to help calm our cascading fears of aging.

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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 attitudetoward aging when we're young is associated ...

Mindy Greenstein, PhD, is Clinical Psychologist and Psycho-oncologist, Writer and National Speaker, and Consultant to the geriatric psychiatry group in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Jimmie Holland, MD, is Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, Attending Psychiat...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199360952

ISBN - 13:9780199360956

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IntroductionPart I: Character, Character Strength, and Continuity Over Time1. The Oak Tree and the U-Bend: Age, Well-Being, and the Experience of Me-ness2. A Look at the Grownup Years3. Character Strengths and Virtues4. Older Age in the Olden Days: A History of Aging in the Western WorldPart II: The Virtues5. The Virtue of Transcendence: Beyond the Self6. The Underappreciated Virtue of Humor: You Can't Spell Joy Without the Oy7. The Virtues of Humanity and Social Justice: Do Unto Others8. The Virtue of Courage: If I Only Had the Nerve9. The Virtue of Wisdom: Knowing What We Don't Know10. The Virtue of Temperance: Moderation in All Things (almost)11. The Virtue of Passing on to the Next Generation: The Bridge Between Past and FuturePart III Putting the Virtues to Work12. When Older Doesn't Feel Lighter: Loneliness and Social Isolation13. The Virtue of Appreciating the Cycle of Life in EldersAppendix: Vintage Readers Book Club Readings