Lighter as we go : virtues, character strengths, and aging / Mindy Greenstein, Jimmie Holland.
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
xix, 285 pages ; 19 cm
- Aging -- Social aspects.
Aging -- Psychological aspects.
Well-being -- Age factors.
Middle age -- Psychological aspects.
Middle age -- Social aspects.
Older people -- Psychology.
- "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 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--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--Lighter as We Go introduces compassion, justice, community, and culture to help calm our cascading fears of aging"-- Provided by publisher.
"Contrary to common wisdom and the fears of mid-lifers, our sense of well-being actually goes up in older age, even in the presence of illness or disability. Lighter as We Go is the first book to explore how and why that is, drawing on positive psychology concepts of character strengths and virtues"-- Provided by publisher.
- Machine generated contents note:
Part I: Character, Character Strength, and Continuity Over Time
Chapter 1. The Oak Tree and the U-Bend: Age, Well-Being, and the Experience of Me-ness
Chapter 2. A Look at the Grownup Years
Chapter 3. Character Strengths and Virtues
Chapter 4. Older Age in the Olden Days: A History of Aging in the Western World
Part II: The Virtues
Chapter 5. The Virtue of Transcendence: Beyond the Self
Chapter 6. The Underappreciated Virtue of Humor: You Can't Spell Joy Without the Oy
Chapter 7. The Virtues of Humanity and Social Justice: Do Unto Others
Chapter 8. The Virtue of Courage: If I Only Had the Nerve
Chapter 9. The Virtue of Wisdom: Knowing What We Don't Know
Chapter 10. The Virtue of Temperance: Moderation in All Things (almost)
Chapter 11. The Virtue of Passing on to the Next Generation: The Bridge Between Past and Future
Part III Putting the Virtues to Work
Chapter 12. When Older Doesn't Feel Lighter: Loneliness and Social Isolation
Chapter 13. The Virtue of Appreciating the Cycle of Life in Elders
Appendix: Vintage Readers Book Club Readings.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Holland, Jimmie C., author.
- 9780199360956 (hardback)
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