Living The Good Life is a Static Concept - Living Better Means Changes
The famous Harvard Study of Americans began in 1938 and continues today. It is often cited, and rightfully so. In fact, it is the basis of a fine new book called The Good Life. After reading it my comment - it tells us too much about happiness over many generations. Yet, it is an invaluable study for modern Americans trying to make some sense out of a world that is too complex in many ways. Simplifying our life requires that some things be left out. There must be some "tolerations" that we discard as outmoded. The authors of the book - The Good Life - have done a great job in telling us what is important to sustained happiness and what is not. In one word it boils down to our Relationships. That is simplification.
I recommend that you get the book and read it for the inspiration in it. Also there is a separate workbook that goes with it that follows the chapters and helps you find the unique ways you can utilize the wisdom in the book - to your own great benefit. This book is one of the MUST Read books for everyone age 50 and up. (Unless you are already in the same mood as the horse).
Simplicity and clarity are so very important in daily decisions. Remember Yogi Berra: "If you don't know where you're going any road will take you there." Being confused about meaning and purpose has a certain daily erosion on relations involving happiness. Changing your response to daily challenges requires a good clear sense of meaning and purpose to avoid getting bogged down. Getting bogged down breeds discouragement - people say: "it's too late for me." Yet the Harvard study is riddled with stories about change later in life. The stories described happiness in some folks and another definition of "happy" in others - well being, or wellness. The former (happy) is more transitory, the latter (well being) is more solid and permanent. This is an important distinction because each day knowing clearly where you're going inherently says that you can change at any age. Change is fueled by purpose and goals that support it. This gives us a starting point.
Order the book. 15-20 minutes, online or the bookstore. If you don't want to read the whole book, just get the workbook. It's only $10. The book is called The Good Life by Robert Waldinger, MD and Marc Schulz, Phd.
A quick way to clarify your purpose and meaning lies at: https://richardleider.com/blog/
For many years I have used Richard Leider's material to help people get back on track. His blog will tell you ways to reboot yourself. He has done a tremendous study for the AARP called Life Reimagined.
Getting started can be troublesome, but a small step will do it. If you need a little boost, call me or visit the website for suggestions, and several ways to contact me for free stuff. Who knows - it could become a new relationship!
Happy Days Ahead
Joe Grant, MBA
Certified Retirement Coach
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