In this blogpost that came across my desk yesterday, the writer reflects on how heroic characters in the movies played a key role in motivating and inspiring him to stay positive during a rough midlife decade. He describes a recent 50 something Liam Neeson character, an action hero who takes calm control of a [...]

Here’s an authentic and real time voice of a valiant midlife - in- process. Recently, Jim Selman posted on his blog, Serene Ambition - isn’t that a great name? - about his upcoming ‘inventure’ – his inner adventure - trip to Africa. He says he’s always wanted to go to Africa, but for one reason [...]

“Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will [...]

Job layoffs, plunging retirement accounts, home foreclosures… the ripples of the recession are affecting many of us, which is why money expert Suzie Orman says there is no better time to take control of your financial life. This is the year to pick up the pieces and deal with what happened last year in the [...]

Speaking of finding meaning and purpose, MetLife’s Mature Market Institute just released the results of an interesting study this week on the priorities of those of us at midlife and beyond. Called Discovering What Matters: Balancing Money, Medicine and Meaning, the study explored how people prioritize their time and their goals in planning for [...]

Many of us, as we age, come to feel that life has an inherent purpose and that we’re here to fulfill it. It can take the form of a deep spiritual longing, a certainty and a need to fulfill this purpose to give our lives meaning. But there’s a fly in the ointment - many [...]

In her classic book, Awakening at Midlife, Jungian analyst Kathleen Brehony tells the story of a successful attorney, who at 39, relates that he’s not actively unhappy, he just feels empty, that something is missing. Soon after, he experiences a heart pounding anxiety attack, and can’t understand what happened to his successful and ordered [...]

In what may be a stroke of benevolent synchronicity, the emergent field of positive psychology could not have come at a more opportune moment for midlifers. Though its roots lie in the 50s, in humanistic psychology’s emphasis on healthy adult development rather than mental illness, it was given new life by Martin Seligman, who coined [...]

It is an uplifting and sea-changing sign of the times: Today’s New York Times headline – and among the ten most frequently emailed - is a must-share. Starting Over, With a Second Career Goal of Changing Society, describes an experimental - and experiential - leadership program initiated by Harvard University this week designed for [...]

Here’s a little holiday virtual stocking stuffer for you. Heaven knows it’s been a tough few months, and if you aren’t already, weaving mini self-care practices into your daily routine might just be the best investment that you could make right now. The Desktop Spa is one of my essential health care secrets. [...]

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