Dark Places and Meaningful Change 

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Haven’t we all had the dilemma of trying to decide whether to stay or go from a job, a career, a lifestyle, or a relationship?  Our emotions are in turmoil, and our ability to be loving and productive crumbles.  We suffer. We know down deep that we need a change. As Christine Caine points out, “Sometimes when you are in …

The Total Eclipse of Your Dreams?

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Do you remember having a passion for a cause and the “heat” to contribute something meaningful to the world before you died? Do you still feel the burn, or have you lost it to fill the emptiness with busyness? Many Boomers have found their dreams eclipsed. They feel stuck in the darkness of endless obligations to children, houses, lifestyles, poor …

Disruption Can Empower Transformation!

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I used to sail a 12 foot Laser sailboat.  It gave me challenges at times on local Kansas lakes when it got windy or choppy.  Once it “turtled”; three young children and I were overboard far from shore with a boat upside down.  We had to scramble but survived unhurt. Even a happy day at the lake can sometimes be …

Life with “Eudiamonia”

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It is nearly Spring and many of you in the Northern Hemisphere are about to encounter a host of small flourishing things!  Dandelions are amazingly strong plants that thrive even when challenged by drought and soil starvation. Unless you are a lawn perfectionist, they bring joy and splashes of color to life. If you want only the green in your lawn, …

Reshaping Identity in our 60’s and Beyond

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We will all face the question of how to introduce ourselves after retirement. Are we more than the sum of a long professional reputation? The Baby Boomers are the first generation to face this test, as we will live longer and most women had careers. If we have twenty years or more to live after “retiring”, how will we define …

How are culture and “wellbeing” related?     

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could measure the connections between productivity,  a positive culture, and the sense of well being in our  workplaces  and communities?  The Canadian Wayne Clancy owns the site www.mindsuitemetrics.com and is one researcher intrigued by this question.   I hope you go to his site,  and take the brief Arizona State University Humanities Project assessment as a way  to …

Which is better? Social engagement or life simplicity?

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When you are socially engaged you have frequent activity with family and community groups. Research shows this lifestyle significantly extends your healthy and happy years. The Stanford Center on Longevity, however, has released a worrisome finding about those between age 55 and 64. Their project survey found that the members in this age group are less socially-engaged than their parents. …

Do you want to Thrive During Your Next Big Change?

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Retiring soon?  Changing jobs? Going off to college?  Getting married or divorced?  Having a baby? Diagnosed with a new disease? Life is full of challenges. A huge life change creates huge challenges.  For the past two years I have been studying neuroscience findings about how our brains and bodies process stress and produce happiness. I would like to share a …