The Art of Aging HAPPY

Raeleen Mautner, Ph.D.

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Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past few decades.  And while that is the good news; the bad news is that older adults often find themselves battling ageist stereotypes, body image issues, health concerns, financial worries, and the loss of important relationships, whether through death or estrangement. 

If you have ever taken on a major decluttering project, say a purging of your basement or attic, you were probably surprised at how much useless stuff you had accumulated over the years. The same is true of our lives in general as we age.  We unconsciously hold on to outdated patterns of thinking and behavior that no longer serve us in our mature years. By the time we reach the “boomer” age of 55, we have likely spent years raising a family, pleasing others,  worrying about loved ones, starving ourselves with fad diets, and dedicating most of our waking energy to getting ahead in our careers.  We go through decades on “auto-pilot”, never taking time to invest in our own wellbeing.  Now is the time to let go of  all of the “shoulds” that have beat us down in the past , and free up our energy in order to celebrate the possibilities for happiness that are available to us every day.  Why? Because happiness is the key to reclaiming the life we deserve. On this blog you will learn about the emotional and physical benefits of happiness, and some important steps you can take to attain it—not only in the future as it relates to attaining your goals, but also each and every day along the way. The time for happiness is NOW.

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