The Dolce Vita Lifestyle

Raeleen Mautner, Ph.D.

Happiness: A state of well-being and contentment

The Dolce Vita Lifestyle:An ability to savor even the most mundane pleasures of life.

If you are among the more fortunate, and blessed with the opportunity to continue along the journey of life and grow old, you also have the potential to grow stronger and more resilient when you come across challenges that every one of us is called to face at one time or another. 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. Dolce Vita is an overall guide to living the best everyday life possible. Lemons into Limoncello, 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 was perfectly happy never to write another book, but instead, I believe in what Maya Angelou said “When you learn, teach.” And what I learned, is that many of us, in the second act of life, are living with challenges that are unique to those of us who are over 50.We face negative stereotyping, invisibility, self-doubt about our productiveness, health issues, and a greater scope of loss of the important people in our lives.

I have been a university psychology instructor for most of my career. i have given countless workshops and public speeches on all kinds of self-help topics. But above all, I have always come home to the grounding of my roots and the vital energy that my educational training and life experiences have infused in me.

The working title of the book (subject to change) I am working on now is “The Dolce Vita Lifestyle for Your 2nd Act: Everyday Wisdom from the Ancient Roman Philosophers” (Formerly Aging Happy).

On this site, I will be adding FREE blog posts regularly based on my research, experiences, and personal insights into how to make every day the best it can be in our more “well-seasoned” years. Articles will include inspirational ideas, tips, quotes, recipes and reviews of my favorite things. 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.

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