June 24, 2013
Virgil Thomas, ChangingAging.org

The Eden Alternative has been dedicated to creating a life worth living for nearly two decades. So, what exactly makes a life worth living? The answer is subjective not scientific.

Only I can know that for myself.

We are interested, however, in discovering what makes life worth living from all of you, our readers, our loyal fans. This summer we are launching the #lifeworthliving campaign in our search to find out what gives your lives meaning.

Dogs occupy a special place in my heart. They offer a kind of companionship that cannot be found elsewhere.


Carter is a four-year-old rescue with a heart of gold, but a mind of his own. Most importantly, he is an elder with fur. Carter has wise eyes that understand the human spirit and has a knack for sensing distress. He will sit patiently by your side, head in lap waiting patiently for you to feel better.

Valor is a puppy trapped in a giants body. He is a playful but lazy dog that can only bring himself to romp for a short while before collapsing on the floor. Valor’s name is a bit of a misnomer as he is a mamma’s boy and a scaredy cat. However, he earns his stripes when he see anything threatening his mommy.



Their day-to-day impact on my life appears nominal until I spend time away. It is then I miss the occasional petting or even the general presence of a dog sitting at my feet.

It is not the big things or even the little things that make my life worth living, but the certain things that make up a part of who I am.

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Introducing our #lifeworthliving campaign. We have shared here two furry things that help make life worth living…. http://t.co/YDKXCOnacD

Ryan Myracle
June 24, 2013 1:33 pm

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Hello Friends of Eden…What a wonderful topic and the photos posted to date are fabulous….we’ve also posted this to our FB page in OZ. Look forward to reading everyone’s stories. Thanks Virgil…

Meredith Burrus
June 28, 2013 7:36 pm

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People, elderly People in Tusenhjemmet say that life is Worth living when I have a mission, when someone see me and needs me. The Elderly in particular Express this feeling of being a part of Society and Fellowship. The Young People say life is Worth living when I have good friends and a good film. –
When I Wake up very early in the morning, and I know I have all day infront of me, and all my Family and friends live well, then life is Worth living. Without worries, but a Nice and spontaneous feeling of freedom, then life is Worth living.

Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
July 1, 2013 1:42 pm

That is fantastic, thanks for sharing.


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