Tepidus sent me an email with the subject line “Advice from wrinkly folk”. A link to an article in the New York Times (funny all these provincial papers called after the Times, no?) on advice from the elderly about how to be happy, the final paragraph of which reads as follows:

ON HAPPINESS Almost to a person, the elders viewed happiness as a choice, not the result of how life treats you.

A 75-year-old man said, “You are not responsible for all the things that happen to you, but you are completely in control of your attitude and your reactions to them.” An 84-year-old said, “Adopt a policy of being joyful.”

The 90-year-old daughter of divorced parents who had lived a hardscrabble life said, “I learned to be grateful for what I have, and no longer bemoan what I don’t have or can’t do.”

Joy an act of the will I A teenager says the same.

Joy an act of the will i A nun says the same thing in a different way.