Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old

Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old

An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the "oldest old"-- those eighty-five and up. In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America's fastest-grow An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Ma...

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Title:Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old
Author:John Leland
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0374168180
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old Reviews

  • Jane
    Feb 09, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

  • Kate
    May 20, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...

    "Happiness is a Choice You Make" is sometimes painful to read. It reminds us that if we are destined to live for many decades, we may be in for some challenging times, medically and psychologically. Still, it is enlightening to learn from people who have been around long enough to see ...

    So I give this 4.5 stars. While the title suggests it's just another standard self-help book, it's not that at all. Instead, author Leland spends a year in the lives of 6 (or 7, depending on how you count) elderly people, all at least 85 years old, in an effort to understand their live...

    This book might not seem like it would be a "fun read," but I thought it was fantastic--how one middle-aged NY Times reporter going through some life crises spent a year with six senior citizens who taught him how to make the most of one's life. The six individuals he focused on had di...

    Leland, a reporter for The New York Times spent a year interviewing 6 seniors over the age of 85 about living and growing old. Over repeated visits and interviews, he learned about living in the present, being happy and accepting yourself and your weaknesses. Why I started this book...

    This book comes from Leland?s series on living past 85 for the NYT. Better than average, but not mind blowing lessons about living in the moment and finding little joys etc. Good reminders that the people who have the best experience in old age are those who believe that old age is a...

  • Maria
    Jul 26, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...

    "Happiness is a Choice You Make" is sometimes painful to read. It reminds us that if we are destined to live for many decades, we may be in for some challenging times, medically and psychologically. Still, it is enlightening to learn from people who have been around long enough to see ...

    So I give this 4.5 stars. While the title suggests it's just another standard self-help book, it's not that at all. Instead, author Leland spends a year in the lives of 6 (or 7, depending on how you count) elderly people, all at least 85 years old, in an effort to understand their live...

    This book might not seem like it would be a "fun read," but I thought it was fantastic--how one middle-aged NY Times reporter going through some life crises spent a year with six senior citizens who taught him how to make the most of one's life. The six individuals he focused on had di...

    Leland, a reporter for The New York Times spent a year interviewing 6 seniors over the age of 85 about living and growing old. Over repeated visits and interviews, he learned about living in the present, being happy and accepting yourself and your weaknesses. Why I started this book...

  • Holly
    Mar 08, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

  • David
    Jul 21, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

  • Karen
    Apr 21, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...

  • George
    May 30, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

  • Terri
    Apr 19, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

  • Julie Barrett
    Apr 14, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

  • Lesa
    Feb 26, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

  • Ericka Clouther
    Feb 07, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

  • Gina
    Apr 30, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...

    "Happiness is a Choice You Make" is sometimes painful to read. It reminds us that if we are destined to live for many decades, we may be in for some challenging times, medically and psychologically. Still, it is enlightening to learn from people who have been around long enough to see ...

  • Jenn "JR"
    Jul 30, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

  • Rachel
    May 12, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

  • Lynne Spreen
    Feb 04, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

  • Maggie
    Feb 28, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

  • Terri Suda
    Mar 07, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

  • Kristine
    Feb 07, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

  • Maria
    Feb 02, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

  • Patricia
    Mar 05, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

  • Deborah Hebblewhite
    Mar 05, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

  • Caitlin
    May 11, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

  • John Kaufmann
    Mar 27, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...

    "Happiness is a Choice You Make" is sometimes painful to read. It reminds us that if we are destined to live for many decades, we may be in for some challenging times, medically and psychologically. Still, it is enlightening to learn from people who have been around long enough to see ...

    So I give this 4.5 stars. While the title suggests it's just another standard self-help book, it's not that at all. Instead, author Leland spends a year in the lives of 6 (or 7, depending on how you count) elderly people, all at least 85 years old, in an effort to understand their live...

    This book might not seem like it would be a "fun read," but I thought it was fantastic--how one middle-aged NY Times reporter going through some life crises spent a year with six senior citizens who taught him how to make the most of one's life. The six individuals he focused on had di...

    Leland, a reporter for The New York Times spent a year interviewing 6 seniors over the age of 85 about living and growing old. Over repeated visits and interviews, he learned about living in the present, being happy and accepting yourself and your weaknesses. Why I started this book...

    This book comes from Leland?s series on living past 85 for the NYT. Better than average, but not mind blowing lessons about living in the moment and finding little joys etc. Good reminders that the people who have the best experience in old age are those who believe that old age is a...

    Solid. Leland wrote about life lessons from six "extraordinary" elders he has met over the years. There are some good insights, and it is an interesting read. I thought about giving it four stars to distinguish it from several similar books about aging to which I gave only three stars ...

  • Dawn
    Mar 19, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

  • Terry Mensching
    Mar 04, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

  • Ellyn Lem
    Apr 24, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...

    "Happiness is a Choice You Make" is sometimes painful to read. It reminds us that if we are destined to live for many decades, we may be in for some challenging times, medically and psychologically. Still, it is enlightening to learn from people who have been around long enough to see ...

    So I give this 4.5 stars. While the title suggests it's just another standard self-help book, it's not that at all. Instead, author Leland spends a year in the lives of 6 (or 7, depending on how you count) elderly people, all at least 85 years old, in an effort to understand their live...

    This book might not seem like it would be a "fun read," but I thought it was fantastic--how one middle-aged NY Times reporter going through some life crises spent a year with six senior citizens who taught him how to make the most of one's life. The six individuals he focused on had di...

  • diane diener
    Apr 08, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

  • Dean Hanley
    Sep 02, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...

    "Happiness is a Choice You Make" is sometimes painful to read. It reminds us that if we are destined to live for many decades, we may be in for some challenging times, medically and psychologically. Still, it is enlightening to learn from people who have been around long enough to see ...

    So I give this 4.5 stars. While the title suggests it's just another standard self-help book, it's not that at all. Instead, author Leland spends a year in the lives of 6 (or 7, depending on how you count) elderly people, all at least 85 years old, in an effort to understand their live...

  • Rachel Blakeman
    Mar 11, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

  • Andrea McGinnis
    Jun 26, 2018

    My non-fiction favorite book of 2018. I don't think it's #1 spot will be challenged. An uplifting, perspective-shaking & beautiful examination of the lives of 6 people over the age of 85. I would like to read this every year of my life, to make sure the wisdom in it continues to si...

    I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Would have been a great long form article but as a book it dragged on and felt like the lessons got lost along the way. Also didn't feel like I got much new insight about the wisdom of oldest of the old. It did however remind to apprecia...

    At the beginning of 2015, John Leland, a journalist for the New York Times, embarked on a year-long project. He met with seniors to come up with six people to follow to learn from them about being old, and what it means today. The result was a series in the newspaper and the book, Happ...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make is the account of a yearlong conversation between a New York Times journalist and six people who are among the ?oldest old? in America. The journalist, John Leland, was 57 as of the the time of this writing, and going through his own challenges. He wa...

    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book about old age and how to get the most quality of life. There is some science in it, but it's not a science-based book. Instead, it's based on a small number of long-term interviews. To a lesser extent, it's about facing the inevitability o...

    Borrowed it from my public library, purchasing it for my permanent shelf as a reference and reminder to what's essential, important and true about living life well and in the moment. Loved every word and every lesson. Essential reading. ...

    my mother once said; "who wants to live to 90?" answer; "an 89 year old." What I got out of this book is; If you live a long time, you know how to do it regardless of your circumstances Loved it.. ...

    This is a poignant, life-affirming, and inspiring little book with a huge message. Absolutely required reading for everyone who hopes to live a good, long life. ...

    i'm usually not a fan of authors' making it all [or a lot] about them, but in this case I found it a charming touch that the author, in his early middle years [or at any rate that's how i think of being in mid-50s] with an elderly Mom and in the wake of a recent divorce, focuses quite ...

    KINDA DEPRESSING. ?Old age was the gift that kept on taking.? (p. 25) I?ve been a self-help, happiness junkie for as long as I can remember; so the title of John Leland?s recently released non-fiction: Happiness Is a Choice You Make set all sorts of Pavlovian bells ringin...

    Solid 3 stars. I wanted to love this book but honestly, it wasn't anything too eye opening. Still enjoyable to read. Basically, what the author learned in a year of hanging out with 6 old people is carpe diem. In the words of Ram Dass, "be here now". Of course, that is easier said than...

    I hope that people don't dismiss Happiness Is a Choice You Make as another bit of platitudinous fluff based on the title. It is by far the best non-fiction book I've read this year. If you can get a paper copy as well as the audiobook, I highly recommend it. I started out reading a lib...

    Everyone should read this book. Well written and we'll worth the time Everyone should read this book. Well written and well worth the time. A subject we all are intimately involved with ...

    An enjoyable, contemplative look at what makes life worth living through the eyes of the oldest among us. Leland spent a year interviewing six elderly men and women, including his own aging mother. It?s powerful considering what keeps us going and what we can learn from the elderly. ...

    When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to interview six economically and racially diverse octo- and nonagenarians over the course of a year, he thought he would leave the meetings anxious and depressed by their physical and emotional challenges. And at times he came away co...

    This book deserves a better title. It's an insightful look at a year in the lives of a half dozen elderly folks. How they cope with diminished capabilities, their attitudes towards dying and living. It's easy for us to forget that older people are unique and have their own views. Lela...

    Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Words of wisdom from 6 elders as part of Leland's 85 and Up series. Their stories are neither fully feast or famine (complete ability or disability) and, quite frankly, it's so much ...

    Wisdom Unfolds Wonderful lessons. Interesting and well written. Personable. I enjoyed how he wrote the lesson from each individual and then shared with readers how he related that lesson to his own life. ...

    Wonderful meditation on life and how we find meaning. Made me realize there are lessons to learn from people who have lived much longer than I have. Interesting quote from the book . . . But what is old age? To a great extent we?ve made it a verdict, something that happens to peo...

    This was a sweet story of a journalist trying to work out his own issues around aging for himself and his mother through developing relationships with a handful of elders. Their stories are all so different and their responses to aging vary. Several of them are ready to die - not suici...

    Being in the moment, enjoying what I have, and not lamenting what I don't are all lessons I can get behind. I don't gain anything by wishing circumstances were different. ...

    I appreciated the stories and the wisdom. This book gave me a lot to think about. ...

    Leland spends a year with six older adults in and around NYC. They are all 85 or older at the time, and they each find ways to find happiness despite some of the losses of advanced age. Fred is a well-dressed ladies man who is grateful for waking up to a new day. He has some proble...

    "Happiness is a Choice You Make" is sometimes painful to read. It reminds us that if we are destined to live for many decades, we may be in for some challenging times, medically and psychologically. Still, it is enlightening to learn from people who have been around long enough to see ...

    So I give this 4.5 stars. While the title suggests it's just another standard self-help book, it's not that at all. Instead, author Leland spends a year in the lives of 6 (or 7, depending on how you count) elderly people, all at least 85 years old, in an effort to understand their live...

    This book might not seem like it would be a "fun read," but I thought it was fantastic--how one middle-aged NY Times reporter going through some life crises spent a year with six senior citizens who taught him how to make the most of one's life. The six individuals he focused on had di...

    Leland, a reporter for The New York Times spent a year interviewing 6 seniors over the age of 85 about living and growing old. Over repeated visits and interviews, he learned about living in the present, being happy and accepting yourself and your weaknesses. Why I started this book...

    This book comes from Leland?s series on living past 85 for the NYT. Better than average, but not mind blowing lessons about living in the moment and finding little joys etc. Good reminders that the people who have the best experience in old age are those who believe that old age is a...

    Solid. Leland wrote about life lessons from six "extraordinary" elders he has met over the years. There are some good insights, and it is an interesting read. I thought about giving it four stars to distinguish it from several similar books about aging to which I gave only three stars ...

    An excellent read. I only had 2 days to read this book as a number of books had become available from holds all at once. Very captivating stories of 6 folks approaching the last few years of their lives. So many life lessons..... ...