A dynamic and inspiring exploration of the new science that is redrawing the future for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s for the better - and for good.
There's no such thing as an inevitable midlife crisis, Barbara Bradley Hagerty writes in this provocative, hopeful book. It's a myth, an illusion. New scientific research explodes the fable that midlife is a time when things start to go downhill for everybody. In fact, midlife can be a great new adventure, when you can embrace fresh possibilities, purposes, and pleasures.
In Life Reimagined, Hagerty explains that midlife is about renewal: It's the time to renegotiate your purpose, refocus your relationships, and transform the way you think about the world and yourself. Drawing from emerging information in neurology, psychology, biology, genetics, and sociology - as well as her own story of midlife transformation - Hagerty redraws the map for people in midlife and plots a new course forward in understanding our health, our relationships, even our futures.
©2016 Barbara Bradley Hagerty (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Hagerty has a great radio voice--as one might expect from a former NPR journalist. Plus, she's got a lot of first person narrative in the story, which makes it ideal for her to read. On the other hand, there is a lot of data and research mixed into the book, and it might be helpful for some people to be able to read and reread certain sections. I do wish I could highlight and bookmark some of the recommendations in the chronic pain section so I could practice them more readily. In the end, I bought this on audible because that's what I have time for right now, but I bought hard copies for my parents and my in-laws.
I've really never ready a book quite like this. It has everything--from research on marriage to chronic pain, plus the adventures and reflections of the author as she wades through it all. I guess it reminds me most of The Female Brain, which I read nearly a decade ago.
You could, but I think it's better to listen a few chapters at a time.
I should start by saying that I'm only 30 years old--well under the 40-60 window of middle age. But I found this book so fascinating, so insightful, and so challenging, that I would recommend it to people of any age. In fact, I feel like I've been given the cheat-codes for mid-life a decade early. The first chapter alone was so rousing that I couldn't wait to get into the rest of the book. The second chapter is admittedly less interesting as it dives into the science, but things quickly pick up again with Hagerty's introduction of her own adventures and how they relate to the research. The chapters on marriage are somewhat daunting, but Hagerty helps ease your way by relating her own fears about marriage and relationships, and things do end on a positive note. Finally, I was so intrigued and encouraged by the research on chronic pain. I am looking forward to trying out some of the mindfulness techniques. After starting this book, I quickly bought copies for my parents and my husband's parents too. And I've gotten lots of positive feedback from them as well! So, yeah, buy the book and also buy it for your mid-life friends and relatives.
Ms. Hagerty's book is a study in science and art and get to it-ness. Best phrase of the book is "auto-pilot equals death" and I see evidence of it in my fellow middle aged travelers- myself included. Grateful for her sharing the research and personal stories that make this book a must listen.
Great survey about what you need to get moving on in your 50's, to ensure you enjoy the next 25+ years. Terrific anecdotes. The "simple rules" at the end of the book are priceless.
"So timely. Special in the current days of narcissistic vie was of self and constant pressure of being happy."
Love the science backing up the life experiences. Really enjoyed it and make me think of my encore career.
I was expecting a more academic read and at one point I almost put the book down (turned off ??) but not before enjoying an anecdotal story the author shared. I continued from there and took several good ideas from it in the end. I'd rank this in the middle of recent books of this type I've read.
I was ready.
I have not.
Jack & Deb Daniels
Barbra Bradley Hagerty does a great job of clearly explaining the complex issues facing those of us in the middle of life. She made it clear she is a religious person, but didn't push that on the listener at all. I was most impressed by how many sources she used to make her points, it was much more than just "this is what I did," but a real report of insightful information she studied. She backed up some of the concepts with her own experiences. She identifies her sources making it easier to do further investigation on topics that were interesting to you. I've already started listening to books written by her sources.
Her voice and reading style made it very easy to listen to.
I cannot think of one person who would not benefit from listening to this enjoyable book!
This book made me think about stopping my autopilot life and making it more intentional during my mid-life years. It also made me think about my relationship with my husband, family and friends. Most of all it made me think about me and what I want out of life for the rest of my life. It's made me think about facing my fears.
Thank you for writing this book.
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