Always look on the Bright Side of Life

Positive mental attitude is a quality in people, employers always look for when recruiting new staff.  They frequently quote the phrase “attitude is one thing, it’s difficult to train for”.

Judging by some research recently carried out in America – Grannies and Grandads may well have something to teach us all.

The study was evidently done rather like a TV Generation Game with groups of old and young people competing against each other to see who could recollect the most things.  The researchers used brain scans – not Bruce Forsythe – to see who won.  The winners were the group who remembered more of the positive things they were shown – presumably on the conveyor belt.              The older groups won.

This is a conclusion that certainly challenges the image of grumbling old people.  Perhaps a more significant implication of this study is that companies should recruit or retain more older people on their staff to keep their talent pool of positive thinkers.

B & Q do it, I wonder who else does?  What are the implications of this at a time when retirement age is planned to be put back to 70?

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5 Responses to Always look on the Bright Side of Life

  1. David Freeman says:

    So Long one is not looking for pomposity, self ego, or other things such as the story of the fish I caught when I went fishing: Then I things will be fine. The older the age the wiser the person one hopes, but one has to judge with with responsibilty. Some of us in old age like to talk and walk the talk, but can we stand the strain and stresses of making decisions daily and living by the consequences? There are times when one may wish to advise only, and allow some young buck to take the responsibilty. Understand this is not about the way I live or run my life, but the thinking if i adopt an active progreesive role in the community. There are boundries to which I must acknowledge my limitations with my body and age in life that I have now reached. I still have my dreams and I wish to inspire, but i need a carthorse to take me there or a magic wand.
    My recollection the last fish I caught, and it was a big one, if you are pondering as to what I doing now.

  2. Ruth Arnott says:

    I worked for Leicester City Council in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. They positively encouraged people in their 50’s to apply for apprenticeships with the Council for trades like painting & decorating, plumbing etc. Their view was that young people would leave to set up their own business shortly after completing their apprenticeship whereas they were likely to get 10-15 years work from an older person after investing in their training. I wonder if they are now encouraging even older people?

    • john graham says:

      Interesting comment Ruth, thanks for the post. Trades like the ones you mention are still in short supply, especially for odd jobs. Perhaps there is a retraining scheme which could be organised for all the nearly retired people who thought they were going to be pensioners when they reached 60/65
      who now find they may have to work several more years.
      B&Q would be the ideal people to organise it don’t you think ?

  3. Jon Cleaver says:

    Wisdom and Knowledge combined

    It should come as no surprise that Grannies and Granddads have something to teach the young. Knowledge comes with study, the path upon which we learn and travel. Wisdom however comes with age. The combination of knowledge and wisdom is the ideal tool kit for the journey of life. Unfortunately western society is not structured in a way that promotes wisdom and knowledge as being an essential tool of learning.

    In the indigenous Māori tribes of New Zealand and the Aborigines of Australia, the Elders are revered and nurtured passing on their life long wisdom to the younger members; looked upon as essential for their progress through life.

    Planning to move the retirement age from 65 to 70 is being done for economic reasons, but I think it will present a new set of problems. Illness and absenteeism among the age group may increase, many younger people could be deprived of work and keeping abreast of a fast moving technological age may cause problems. These are just the basic things.

    However; I believe there is a vital role for older people to play. Proverbs 4.7 teaches us: “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with the getting; get understanding.” Age brings its own rewards, namely wisdom. Martin Luther King said: “It is always the right time to do what is right.” It certainly is, maybe more so now than ever, that we in the West should call upon the knowledge and wisdom of our golden aged, and at least make a conscious effort in changing the direction of the path we presently tread.

    Jon Cleaver

  4. Gasbag says:

    John Cleaver wrote,
    “I believe there is a vital role for older people to play. Proverbs 4.7 teaches us: “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with the getting; get understanding.” Age brings its own rewards, namely wisdom”
    Maybe we of the older generation should teach the young people how to speak and write English properly.
    We were made to learn English Grammar and had to pass that in order to gain a School Certificate. This came to an end in 1949 or 50 when “O” levels replaced this and one could pass an exam in a single subject. I enclose the following

    It is with regret that the passing of “as if” seems imminent.
    It looks ‘like’ it has gone forever ; once it would have looked ‘as if’ it was here to stay.

    The BBC ,the once brilliant exponent of English Grammar, refers to like so often that “as if” is almost extinct in its vocabulary.

    John Humphrey is the one true Grammarian who still uses the little words “as if”.

    When some weather person says it looks like its going to rain they mean it looks as if it is going to rain. When I pour water from the rose in the watering can it looks like rain.

    Please can we restore these two little words to their rightful place in the ENGLISH language?

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