Last week I finished reading From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks. This book can be helpful for people who are currently doing okay but are concerned with getting into so-called midlife crisis or going through it in the second wave of life.
The author talks about 3 forces holding us back -
- Addicted to work/success
- Attachment to worldly rewards
- Fear of decline
He also discusses things to do to make your second half of life better than the first -
- Develop your relationships - to explain this point he introduced the concept of deal friends vs real friends
- 7 predictors of being happy and healthy that we can control - don’t smoke, don’t drink, maintain a healthy body weight, exercise (including daily walks), adaptive coping style, education, and stable long-term relationships
- Make your weakness your strength
- Start your spiritual journey - he explained it through Asrama, the 4 stages of life described in various ancient and mediaval Hindu texts -
- Brahmacharya - learning; student's life
- Grihashta - household life; material attachments
- Vanaprastha - retired life; purposeful focus on spirituality, faith, and disconnecting from worldly goals
- Sannyasa - renounced life: fruits of enlightenment
There are books that talk about how to be productive targeting from the beginning of life or any stages of life. But there is no book I encountered earlier that focused on relatively later stage of life. So I was very happy to have it. Irrespective of you agree with all the assessments, I strongly recommend you to read the book just to get through the ideas.