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Positive aging takes a different mindset – and a bolder one.

Carl Honore’ is an award-winning journalist and author whose revolutionary first book, In Praise of Slowness, was an international bestseller and has been published in more than thirty languages. This excellent book can help you reframe how you think about getting older, learn how to retire well and enjoy life to its fullest.

Carl joins our retirement podcast from London to discuss the benefits positive aging,  living more slowly against the cultural pressures for speed and youth – and his new book (B)OLDER: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives.

Wise Quotes:

On the Advantages Older Workers Bring

“I think is quite surprising to people that – actually – in the workplace, people get more productive as they get older. There’s this awful toxic ageism –  especially in the American workplace.  But I think you find it all over the world too, this idea in Silicon Valley that they talk about being finished at forty, and anybody over forty gets passed over for interviews and shunted into less interesting work, and all this sort of stuff. Yet, people are on an upward curve performance as they grow older. Productivity goes up in jobs that rely on social skills. People get better at dealing with customers and clients, better at things like collaboration, listening, seeing the big picture, creativity holds strong, and there’s a lot of research in fact that suggests that it gets better, we become more creative as we get older. We loosen up. We join the dots better.”

 

On the Power of Language and Aging

“I think so much of the problem with our attitude with aging is bound up with the poisonous language we use. It’s woven into our vernacular, that younger is better and older is worse. When we forget something we call it a senior moment. Or we use that phrase finished at forty, or your the wrong side of thirty or the wrong side of forty, or you say you’re feeling your age and that means you feel weak and feeble and inferior or sore. It’s just, every time we use that language, I think it’s reinforcing that stereotype. It’s reinforcing the caricature. It’s reinforcing the wrong idea of aging.

As we know from whether dealing with racism or sexism or any kind of social change, language is one the first steps towards changing how we feel about ourselves and our place in the world and changing how we behave is the words we use. So I just recommend to people just push pause, think a little bit, check your language a little bit. Just don’t use phrases like a senior moment. Try and use phrases that are kind of neutral about aging, or upbeat about it. I think that can make a difference. There’s a lot of studies that show that if you have an upbeat view of aging you age better. You live longer, you better physically, cognitively, happier, et cetera. So language is a good way I think to do that.”

 

More on Carl Honoré

Carl’s New Book:(B)OLDER is available on Amazon

Check out Carl Honore’s 12 Rules for Ageing Boldly

Carl’s Website

Bio:

Carl Honoré is a bestselling author, broadcaster and leader of the global Slow Movement. His TED talk on the benefits of slowing down has been viewed 2.8 million times. Described by the Wall Street Journal as “an in-demand spokesman on slowness,” Carl travels the world to deliver powerful keynotes that put time and tempo in a whole new light. His message is simple but counterintuitive: To achieve peak performance in a fast world, you have to slow down.
After studying history and Italian at Edinburgh University, Honoré worked with street children in Brazil. This inspired him to take up journalism. He has written from all over Europe and South America, spending three years in Buenos Aires along the way. His work has appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other publications.
Carl’s first book, In Praise of Slow, chronicles the global trend toward putting on the brakes in everything from work to food to parenting. Under Pressure explores how to raise children in a fast world and was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.” Carl’s third book, The Slow Fix ,shows how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life without falling for short-term quick fixes. Published in 34 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries.
Carl was featured in a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coaching which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled people slow down. He also presented a television show called Frantic Family Rescueon Australia’s ABC 1. Carl is an advisor to Jack Media, which makes messaging apps, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City.
Carl’s latest book is Bolder: Making The Most Of Our Longer Lives. It is about ageing –how we can do it better and feel better about doing it. It’s also a rallying cry against the last form of discrimination that dare speak its name: ageism.
Carl lives in London. While researching his first book on slowness he was slapped with a speeding ticket.

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