Finding Happiness in the Second Half of Life

Friend Mike Ashton just forwarded me an excellent TED TALK which every Boomer should listen to! “There’s More to Life than Being Happy” with Emily Esfahani Smith. It’s all the stuff that Jesus talked about, only put into contemporary language. Boomers especially will want to pay attention to what Smith refers to as the Four Pillars of Meaning: Belonging, Purpose, Transcendence and Storytelling, all necessary for a successful transition into the second half of life. Watch, enjoy and learn!

Remember what the famous missionary doctor Albert Schweitzer once said to a group of graduating students: “The only ones of you who will ever be truly happy are those of you who have sought and found a way to serve.” Good advice for all, especially those of us navigating the second half of life!

Exercise and the aging brain

What a beautiful Fall day! Not too hot and not too cold. Just perfect for a run through the woods! There are few better ways to spend an hour than to go for a run.

You are probably aware of some of the major health benefits that a regular run can bring, like helping you to maintain a healthy weight, improving your mood and reducing your risk of disease.

But here’s something that you maybe didn’t know. Researchers have discovered that running in particular can help to prevent cognitive decline. So, guess what I am going to do today? You got it! Going for a run! (I am long overdue; but the good news is that it is never too late to start!)

Check out this excellent article that my wonderful Millennial daughter Alexandra forwarded to me.

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What if running is not an option for you? Consider Ageless Grace!

What is Ageless Grace?

Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain – analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, creativity and imagination – and simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function. Created by Denise Medved, the program consists of 21 simple exercise Tools designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind. To learn more, go to

A New Program: Living Life on Purpose

Just learned about a wonderful new program being offered in London! It’s called LIVING LIFE ON PURPOSE and it’s based on  Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book, The How of Happiness.

“During this 6 week program, the group will share the twelve evidence-based strategies that she discusses in the book. Then, according to the course description, they take specific strategies chosen by the group members and put them into practice.

Content includes:

  • Gratitude and Positive Thinking
  • Investing in Social Relationships
  • Managing Hardship & Trauma
  • Living in the Present
  • Committing to Your Goals
  • Taking Care of Your Body & Soul
  • Improved Mood and Well-Being
  • Strengthening Relationships
  • Improving Coping Skills
  • Reducing Feelings of Loneliness
  • Enhancing Your Quality of Life
  • An understanding of which activities naturally bring joy to your life

….Living Life on Purpose is a perfect opportunity to get out and learn some customized ways to bring happiness to your life.”

Why not check it out by visiting: