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Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person

In a series update, we catch up with a group of New Yorkers over age 90: warm, cranky, funny and three years older than when we first met them.

Jonas Mekas, 95, in Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 13, 2017. Gerontologists describe the paradox of old age: that as people’s minds and bodies decline, instead of feeling worse about their lives, they feel better — Edu Bayer/The New York Times

By John Leland

Jonas Mekas turned 95 this year and won a lifetime achievement award in Frankfurt, Germany. Ping Wong, 92…

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