Myths Surrounding a Midlide Crisis

Looking forward to retiring at 65 just to hit the golf course? According to Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR correspondent for over 20 years, this may be one of the worst things you can do. In her book, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife, Barbara discusses her personal experiences as well as neuroscience and psychology research to help chip away at some long-believed ‘truths’ of the dreaded midlife crisis.

The midlife crisis tends to hit people around their 40-50’s. At this stage in life, people begin to adjust their expectations that they had in their 20-30’s with their current reality. One of the keys to avoiding or overcoming a midlife crisis is simply appreciating the things that you have. It is proven that people, and causes, closest to your heart can make you the happiest. Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Try volunteering at your favorite organization or planning time to get together with family or friends weekly.

The takeaway message is to invest in every year and every chapter of your life. Ask yourself what you can use your talents, strengths, or passions for to improve a cause that is close to your heart. The more engaged and invested you are in daily activities, the more purposeful and happy you will feel in the long run.

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