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We know how it is to cross the magic sixty-year mark and feel young at heart, despite a few new wrinkles. This is the first Chicken Soup book to focus on the wonders of getting older, with many stories about dynamic older singles and couples finding new careers, new sports, new love, and new meaning in their lives. This inspiring, amusing, and heartwarming book includes the best 101 stories for today's young seniors from Chicken Soup's library.

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Five ways to celebrate life after 60

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Older & Wiser

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Getting older has its ups and downs. But with age comes wisdom and joy. The contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Older & Wiser share 101 stories about their life experiences and show readers that each wrinkle is simply a badge of honor. Here are five tips on how to celebrate your life after 60.

1. Accept your age with humor. On Anita Cheek Milner’s 50th birthday, her older daughter gave her a "Fifty is nifty" pin. Anita wore it all day at work and loved the compliments she received about how young she looked. "It was wonderful," Anita writes. She knew her friends and co-workers were telling her a nice white lie, but she heard the compliments enough that it started going to her head. "By the end of the day, I felt fabulous," Anita writes. "I fairly floated home from work." Then, not long after she got home, a young girl from a florist shop delivered birthday flowers. As Anita stood in the doorway admiring her flowers, the young girl commented on Anita’s pin. Anita waited for the forthcoming compliment. Instead, the delivery girl asked: "‘Birthday or anniversary?’"

2. Say thanks for all those years. Sally Friedman and her husband started Valentine’s Day one year with a spat over emptying the dishwasher. But moments later, they laughed at their foolishness. And amidst the Valentine’s Day hoopla, Sally was grateful for their long marriage and the wisdom it had brought them. "Valentine’s Day," she says, "remains a reminder that, in ordinary life, it’s the little stuff that counts." Not love poems, but notes signed with personal nicknames. Not boxes of chocolate, but picking up her favorite food on the way home. So when the spats erupt, they can rely on "a love that’s old enough to have a burnished glow, but not too old to sparkle and to make two midlife Valentines enormously grateful for the gift of one another."

3. Enjoy your special memories. Working at a cemetery monument company, Maureen S. Pusch writes of a widow picking out a headstone for her late husband. The widow ordered a special granite marker for their adjoining gravesites, with wedding bands engraved between their names. She wanted it for their 51st wedding anniversary — a last gift to her husband. When the marker was done, the widow went to the shop to see it. But just before she arrived, the marker slipped and fell to ground, splitting in half! Maureen expected anger or tears. Instead, the widow burst into laughter! The widow explained that at their wedding reception 51 years before, the same thing happened to their wedding cake when she and her husband went to cut it! The widow told Maureen, "'I really wanted my last gift to my husband to be something special, and it is.’"

4. Embrace new things. At her nephew’s college graduation, Gail C. Bracy kept hearing cellphones ring among the crowd of wandering of soon-to-be graduates. "There were several nonsensical conversations going on with the accompanying giggles of the not-quite-mature students," Gail writes. She found it shocking and disrespectful to use cellphones at this important occasion! But then she overheard a young woman talking to her grandmother who couldn’t attend because of health issues. "Gran" was able to be a part of her granddaughter’s special day, thanks to a cellphone. "And somehow, my initial surprise and disdain at the use of cellphones during such a serious occasion left me," Gail writes. "For these little representatives of modern technology had joined a young woman and her doting Gran to share a very special moment in time."

5. Say yes to adventure. When Leslie J. Clark’s husband, John, announced one morning that he wanted to live on a sailboat, Leslie was dumbstruck. But she could also see that John, a professor, needed a lifestyle change. He wanted to sail from Florida to South America and back. "It was clear that John had to do something about his longings," Leslie writes. "It was also clear that I wanted to be part of whatever he did." So she agreed to the cruising lifestyle for two years. They sold their home, most of their belongings, bought a boat, and sailed! They had great adventures and at the end of their second year it was even bittersweet to return home. "We were filled with new understanding and appreciation," Leslie writes. "It helped me rediscover myself…Sometimes, we must step outside ourselves to learn who we really are. I am glad I experienced this radically different way of life."

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