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Talks to make you feel good about getting older

The extra candles on the birthday cake, the little lines you notice in the mirror ... aging doesn’t always feel good. But remember, age also brings wisdom and balance. Watch these reminders of the benefits that come with age.

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  1. 8:16
    Isabel Allende How to live passionately—no matter your age

    Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.

  2. 11:38
    Laura Carstensen Older people are happier

    In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! Psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world.

  3. 6:01
    Joshua Prager Wisdom from great writers on every year of life

    As different as we humans are from one another, we all age along the same great sequence, and the shared patterns of our lives pass into the pages of the books we love. In this moving talk, journalist Joshua Prager explores the stages of life through quotations from Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, William Trevor and other great writers, set to visualizations by graphic designer Milton Glaser. "Books tell us who we've been, who we are, who we will be, too," Prager says.

  4. 10:05
    Nigel Marsh How to make work-life balance work

    Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

  5. 11:20
    Jane Fonda Life's third act

    Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy — and these years aren't just a footnote. Jane Fonda asks how we can re-imagine this new phase of our lives.

  6. 6:49
    Dan Gilbert The psychology of your future self

    "Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

  7. 19:39
    Dan Buettner How to live to be 100+

    To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.