Living Bolder with Carl Honore – Part 2

Living Bolder: Part 2 of Our Conversation with Best-Selling Author, Carl Honore.

Growing older is not a bad thing. Especially when you consider the alternative. Or as George Burns famously said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

Yes, our society seems to worship youth. We get the message loud and clear that younger is better and getting older makes us less useful, less desirable, and less capable. But the hosts of Camp Codger aren’t buying it. And neither is Carl Honoré, author of Bolder: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives.

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Carl Honore, author of Bolder: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives

This episode is Part 2 of our conversation with Carl Honoré. When Gary, Richard, and Randy talked to Carl, the conversation kept going and the wisdom kept flowing. So, instead of editing Carl’s insights down one episode, we decided to turn it into two. We think you’ll agree that Carl’s refreshing insights need to be heard.

Carl Honoré on Living Bolder

Carl Honoré is a journalist who lives in London. He’s a journalist by training, and he’s also an internationally respected author and commentator on modern life. His first best-selling book was called In Praise of Slow. It’s about the value of slowing down the pace of contemporary society. Carl says, “In a world addicted to speed, slowness is a superpower.”

But Carl’s most recent book, Bolder: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives, really hits home to those of us in our golden years. Carl Honoré wants us to reimagine what getting older looks and feels like. He wants people 55 years old and older to embrace a new way to look at what’s possible and permissible in later years.

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Listen to the Carl Honoré interview on Camp Codger, and you’ll learn that getting older can mean getting better.

“Happiness is a U-shaped curve,” says Carl. We start out very happy as children, and then as we get older we typically become less happy. Then, later in life, most adults report feeling more happiness. So, it turns out the happiest adults are those over 55 years old.”

But that’s not all. In some ways, older brains work better than younger brains. We get better at recognizing patterns as we age. We are better able to organize information to see the big picture than we were in our younger years.

Plus, time and experience give older people an advantage over younger people.

Listen to the interview with Carl Honoré to hear his fascinating views about how we can make the most of our golden years. Growing older, living bolder! Just click on the “Play Episode” triangle above. And be sure to Listen to Part 1 of Honoré’s Interview, too.

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