100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of Life: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Self-Help - 224 pages
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Practical advice on how to thrive in the second half of your life, based on scientific studies. The sixth book in the bestselling 100 Simple Secrets series.

What do people who relish the second half of their lives do differently than those who dread getting older? Sociologists, therapists and psychiatrists have spent entire careers investigating the ins and outs of successful aging, yet their findings are inaccessible to ordinary people, hidden in obscure journals to be shared with other experts.

Now the international bestselling author of The 100 Simple Secrets series has collected the most current and significant data from more than a thousand of the best scientific studies on the second half of life. These findings have been boiled down to one hundred essential ways to find and maintain joy, health, and satisfaction every day of your life. Each one is accompanied by a true story showing the results in action.

The Baby Boomers are hitting retirement age. This upbeat, light approach will appeal to the enormous market of citizens grappling with the effects of becoming 'senior', looking to discover the positive benefits of aging beyond discount tickets at the movie theatre. Books about aging well continue to sell year in and year out. The Simple Secrets approach will stand out among the heavier self-help/psychology titles and will without a doubt become an affordable impulse and gifty mainstay in this category.

A good inexpensive gift for parents and grandparents.

 

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Contents

Happiness Is Not an Accident
1
You Must Approve of Yourself
3
Keep Going
5
Try Something New
7
You Still Are Who You Were
9
Happy Looks for Happy
11
The Mirror Will Be Kinder
13
Fun Is Not Over
15
Eat for Nutrition Not for Compensation
103
Were Happier Older Than Younger
105
Each Part of Life Must Function
107
See the Person Not the Label
109
Laugh Your Way to Answers
111
Exercise
113
Feed and Cultivate Friendships
115
Communicate on Their Terms
117

See the Beauty Around You
17
Never Retire from Life
19
Have Time for Thoughts
21
Turn Off the Bad News
23
Express Yourself in What You Do
25
You Are Not Old
27
Money Cant Buy Happiness
29
The Only Requirement Is Embracing the Lack of Requirements
31
Keep Your Fears in Line
33
Sign Up for Everything
35
Be Decisive
37
Believe You Can
39
See the Real Pay in Work
41
Know Your Health
43
See a New Way
45
Avoid Generational Competition
47
Respond to Stress
49
The Best Life Needs No Trophy
51
The Future Can Be Brighter Than the Past
53
Stay in Control
55
See Beyond You
57
Transitions Can Be Both Happy and Sad
59
Embrace Challenges
61
Get Away from It All
63
Live Beyond Your Family Model
65
Life Gets Easier
67
Volunteer for Yourself
69
Never Give Up
71
Get Out of the Car
73
Dont Gamble Your Future
75
Find a Physician You Like
77
Who You Are Is Not Just What You Do
79
Foundations Shift but Life Stands
81
Share What You Know
83
Discuss Your Worries Then Dont Dwell on Them
85
It All Looks Better over Time
87
Keep Relationships on Level Ground
89
Adapt
91
Make Home Home
93
Dont Let Irritation Be Louder Than Joy
95
Geography Does Not Limit Family Life
97
Vote
99
Forgive
101
Remember to Care for Yourself When Caring for Others
119
Be Careful Choosing Home Associations
121
See Around Career Roadblocks
123
See a Kid Be a Kid Again
125
Stretch
127
Let Old Secrets Stay Secrets
129
Listen to Your Favorite Music
131
Practice Maintenance for Life
133
Call Town Hall
135
Pay Attention to Nonverbal Communication
137
Wash the Dishes
139
Be Open to a New View
141
Love Evolves but Can Stay Strong
143
Use a Computer
145
The Youngest and Oldest Like Work the Least
147
Compromise What but Never Who
149
Your History Strengthens Your Future
151
Share Your Home
153
Honor Your Spiritual Beliefs
155
Wear Many Hats
157
Put Stuff in Its Place
159
Seek Meaning
161
We Never Outgrow Jealousy
163
Cherish Your Heritage
165
Share Your Fun
167
Pay Attention to Your Dreams
169
All the Time Is Too Much
171
Regrets Hold Us Back
173
See Your Goals
175
Give the Gift of Yourself
177
Boredom Is the Enemy
179
Redefine Career
181
Travel the Stable Road
183
Its Less What Happened Than What Happened Next
185
You Define Success
187
Never Stop Learning
189
View Your Life as a Choice
191
Make Your Mark on the Next Generation
193
Why Not Be Optimistic?
195
Theres No Deadline for Your Dreams
197
Do It Now
199
Sources
201
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About the author (2009)

David Niven, Ph.D., bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series, is a psychologist and social scientist who teaches at Ohio State University.

David Niven, Ph.D., es el autor de los bestsellers internacionales Los 100 Secretos de la Gente Exitosa, y Los 100 Secretos de las Buenas Relaciones. Es psicólogo y científico social, y enseña en la Florida Atlantic University.

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