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Midlife change can lead to a greater sense of purpose and satisfaction

In this article, Susan Krauss Whitbourne talks about midlife change based on her psychological study of more than 180 people tracked for forty years.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne gives us a taste of her new book, The Search for Fulfillment: Revolutionary New Research That Reveals the Secret to Long-term Happiness She challenges the notion that our "best years are behind" us. She also takes a contrarian view on the notion of midlife crisis as well as the relationship between wealth and long-term happiness. With solid research to back her up, Susan delivers a clear and resounding message that it is never to late to attain a sense of purpose and satisfaction.

She introduces briefly the five pathways that we can take in facing the challenges and complexities of midlife change. These include:
1) the Meandering Way
2) the Straight and Narrow Path
3) the Downward Slope
4) the Triumphant Trail
5) the Authentic Road.

Finally, she provides a link to an online questionnaire that may help you discover which pathway you may be on.

About Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Susan Krauss Withbourne Susan is a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research, published in The Search For Fulfillment shows that change is possible at any age. Having studied midlife development for her entire career, she has expertise in a variety of areas including physical fitness and personality, identity development, and intimate relationships. An award-winning teacher, she has also been recognized for her mentoring and professional contributions to the field.

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