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Life begins again at 60! Crossing that magic age might bring a few new wrinkles but also new experiences. This collection is full of humorous and fun adventures from those who are actively enjoying their "senior years!" Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart celebrates the fun and wonder of getting older with its stories about dynamic older singles and couples finding new careers, new sports, new love, and new meaning to their lives. This book will amuse and invigorate readers.

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Five Tips for Staying Young at Heart

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

From conquering triathlons to finding love after 60, the contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart: 101 Stories of Inspiration, Humor, and Wisdom about Life at a Certain Age, demonstrate that age is only a number, not a way of life. Here are some tips to keep you young at heart, whether you’re 60 or 90:

1. Try something new. As Susan Tornga was bemoaning her 60th birthday to her younger brother, she misread "60" as "GO." That's when she decided she was going to "GO 60" — and do 60 new things the year she turned 60. Because of her "go for it" commitment, Susan licked the bum of a green ant in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia, set up a blog and took a Mexican cooking class, to name a few. From the mundane to the life changing, she proves that it’s never too late to try something new. "I continue to seek out new experiences," Susan says, as she sets her sights on birthday number 70. "I don’t say ‘no’ as quickly as I once did."

2. It’s never too late for romance. When Phyllis Zeno’s friend suggested she try an online dating service at the age of 82, she thought she was crazy. "Don’t be silly," she scoffed. "I’m not that desperate," later admitting she actually was desperate. After almost giving up, she met Harvey, whose online profile had an uncanny resemblance to her own, both previously worked at CBS, both born in 1926 — a month apart — both played the piano. The couple tied the knot in a Manhattan apartment overlooking the Empire State Building, demonstrating it’s never too late for love.

3. Consider a new, carefree career. After being laid off from the specialized job he’d held for almost 20 years and with his 60th birthday around the corner, Gary Ingraham found himself with a mortgage, zero job prospects and a three-figure savings account when he turned to an unlikely career choice: Rock and Roll. He had a new lease on life on stage with his fellow Reprise ’60s band members, and his new venture gave him a sense of accomplishment he hadn’t felt in months. Gary says, "Maybe I have lost it. But if this is senility, I say bring it on."

4. Act a little crazy. Mary Dempsey and the ladies of Marigold Drive gained quite a reputation when they arranged a pole-dancing lesson for 12 women in their retirement community. The bonding activity proved to be a barrel of laughs, and when they were done "strutting their stuff" they had a photo shoot and created a Marigold Goes Wild Pole Dancing Calendar to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

5. Find a new passion. When Joy Feldman took up the violin in her eighties she found that, sometimes, new passions are inspired by a second chance. After a friend gave her an old, beat-up violin, Joy and her violin instructor refurbished the instrument and found it to have an incredible tone. She now enjoys playing this violin and feels a kindred connection to the instrument. "When my once lovely soprano voice became as rusty as the latches on the violin case, no one wanted to hear me sing anymore," remembers Joy. "Now, at 80, I’m finding a new voice through a reinvigorated violin."

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