No Matter Your Age, You Can Remain Young at Heart

New Chicken Soup for the Soul collection presents 101 stories about dynamic aging. The “second half” is an opportunity for new careers, love, adventure, and lives of purpose

COS COB, Conn. – In a new collection of stories filled with humor, wisdom, and inspiration, Chicken Soup for the Soul proves the adage that age is just a number. Just ask Nick Karnazes, who decided at age 72 that he would play 96 rounds of golf in 48 states in 48 days, despite his heart problems. Callaway Golf sponsored him as he drove around the U.S. accomplishing his goal. Susan Leitzsch and her husband broke out of their comfort zones and hit the road, too, when they started their new life roaming the country in an RV. They ditched most of their possessions and are now “living unencumbered by material things,” according to Susan.

Stepping outside their comfort zones, hitting the road, starting second careers, and embarking on every kind of adventure are the tales these dynamically aging writers tell in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Young at Heart (May 21, 2024, 978-1-611591156, $16.99) “To remain young while growing old is the highest blessing,” says one German proverb, and according to Amy Newmark, publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul, those blessings are the unifying theme in the 101 personal, entertaining stories in this new volume in the iconic book series. “These stories, which we selected from our vast library, paint a wonderful picture of the freedom, enthusiasm, and just plain fun that people are having these days as they enjoy the second half of their lives.”

While these storytellers are all in their fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, and even nineties, they can sound like twenty-somethings when they recount their exploits. Take Victoria Otto Franzese, who did something new every day for 365 days when she turned 50. She went dog sledding, traveled the world, took classes, and even set a Guinness World Record.

And what about those famous “senior moments,” and the gray hair, bald spots, and middle-age spread that come along with all that wisdom and experience? The writers in this new book explore the foibles of aging with humor and healthy acceptance. Dorann Weber, for example, recounts how she hated her body and tried to buy a shapeless dress for her 30thhigh school reunion. But then she was persuaded to embrace that seasoned body, so instead, she bought a formfitting red dress and had a fabulous time dancing with her appreciative husband and her old classmates.

The stories in this new anthology are enough to make anyone look forward to their “golden years.”


Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada, more than 300 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, the phrase “chicken soup for the soul” is known worldwide and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 31 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and hope through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish a new title a month. It has also evolved beyond the bookstore, with a podcast, education programs, dog and cat food, and licensed products.


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