Unlocking Purpose for a Healthy Life

Research increasingly suggests purpose in life is one of the core components of well-being. Unlocking and pursuing a sense of purpose in life can have powerful beneficial effects on both our brain and our body. Purpose is defined as “having a clear reason to get up in the morning” and

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Enough About Me!

“Enough about me! What do you think about me?” **************** If you have the tendency to make every conversation about you, you might be a “conversational narcissist” and not even be aware. Fortunately, I’m becoming increasingly aware of my own “c.n.” tendencies. I’m not always the listener that I pretend

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Myths of Purposeful Aging

In presenting the concept of “Becoming a Purposeful Elder,” I often point out that there are commonly held ageist stereotypes of older adults. These ageist assumptions limit older people’s freedom to live the lives they choose and limit our capacity to engage the great gifts that older people possess. Contrary

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A New Life Phase: “What’s Next?”

Are you at a point in your life where you’re asking “What’s next?” You’ve finished one chapter and you have yet to write the next one. Many of us face these transitions at midlife, but they can happen at any point. For the last forty years, I have had the

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Is This All There Is?

A subtle killer stalks us at various times in life. It creeps up on us and overtakes us, exhausting and draining our energy. This creeping force is more prevalent than burnout. Yet, few of us can name it. It’s “rustout.” And, today, rustout is rampant. Effectively, rustout is the opposite

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