Here’s a letter from a man I’ll call T that provides a useful reminder that midlife is a treacherous time for many people precisely because it is not an identifiable crisis. T’s situation sounds like mine at age 42: he has a good life, he has ticked all his boxes, yet he itches for something […]
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I can’t resist sharing this email from Caroline M. Partly because it is a nice compliment. What author could resist? Mostly, though, because it illustrates one of my book’s most important messages: knowledge is power. If you or someone close to you experiences a midlife emotional slump, you can take steps to alleviate it (see […]
As many books as I have published, I still feel a flush of pride and privilege when a new edition comes out. So it is with great pleasure that I can announce two new editions. One is in Japanese, to be published on June 15 by CCC Media House. I met Kaoru Kobayashi, the editor, […]
Who is wiser, Yoda or Mr. Spock? That sounds like a juvenile fanzine question, but it is actually the subject of a fascinating new paper by Igor Grossmann, Harrison Oakes, and Henri C. Santos. The answer, to cut to the chase: Yoda. Grossmann is a psychologist at the University of Waterloo in Canada, and he […]
One of the best perks of writing a book about happiness in midlife in beyond is hearing how people live the patterns which researchers are documenting in data. A wonderful sample is this little photo essay, “Recreating Happiness” by my friend Myles. Now in his late fifties, having fulfilled his responsibilities as a parent and […]