The Dolce Vita Lifestyle

Raeleen D'Agostino Mautner, Ph.D.

The Dolce Vita Lifestyle:The habit of savoring everyday pleasures.

Happiness, I have found, is not a static endpoint, but instead runs along an ever-changing continuum, depending on the day, the event, our perspective and our willingness to adapt to our reality, appreciate the gifts we have in our life, and make changes (to the extent that we could) to what makes us unhappy.

I have learned a lot about how to live a “dolce vita” (sweet life) through a combination of my graduate studies (comparative Italy-US research) , my personal research on the Ancient Roman Philosophers, and through the family (both here and in Italy) with whom I share my vibrant Italian heritage. I wrote two books form the perspective of all of the dimensions that comprise who I am. Living la Dolce Vita:Bring the Passion, Laughter, and Serenity of Italy into Your Daily Life (Sourcebooks) is an overall guide to living the best everyday life possible. Lemons into Limoncello (HCI Books), was written after the death of my beloved husband, drawing upon all of the strength and wisdom I could glean from what was familiar to me and what I knew to be true about getting through even the most devastating loss.

I am now thrilled to let you know that my latest book: 45 WAYS TO LIVE LIKE AN ITALIAN: Italian-Inspired Self-Care Traditions for Everyday Happiness (Sourcebooks Inc.) is now available for pre-order on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble and will be officially available in early December–just in time for holiday gift-giving! Reserve your copy today.

I was a university psychology instructor for most of my career. i have given countless workshops and public presentations on all kinds of self-help topics.Personal development is a gift you give to yourself on a continual basis. And while there is no substitution for professional help when needed, there is also a place for informed self-help, motivational and goal-setting strategies too.

On this site, I will be adding FREE blog posts regularly based on my research, experiences, and personal insights into how to make each day the best it be, no matter what stage of life you are in and no matter what your circumstances are, and ideas that will hopefully resonate with you regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation. My posts will share simple tips for happiness. Please come back often and share this website or any articles that you think might be helpful to your friends and family.

With gratitude to all of my followers, readers, friends and family. You mean the world to me. May you have the best 2023 ever!

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