Midlife education relieves anxiety and promotes happiness

Midlife education and lifelong learning are two of my key passions.

The renowned twentieth century French philosopher Henri Bergson wrote that: “To exist is to change; to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” Education has always been an important part of my own process of growth and self renewal.

I find that the process of midlife goal setting is straightforward. When practiced assiduously, it is a reliable strategy in dealing with midlife transitions. One sure-fire midlife goal setting resource is an openness of spirit - a willingness to continually be learning and growing.

With respect to discovering your self, Scott Peck, the author of The Road Less Traveled, said that, "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled ..."

An aspect of education is developing an appreciation of yourself as a spiritual being. Distinguishing between religion and spirituality can be a useful way to resolve your midlife crisis spirituality issues.

Understanding how midlife cognitive development can lead to healthy and successful aging is important to achieving midlife happiness.

For both men and women, particularly those in long-term committed relationships, understanding what their partner is experiencing will strengthen their relationship. There are many ways for women to deal with his midlife crisis.

A crisis can occur at any age. However, transitions are an integral part of personal development. Is the male midlife crisis really a myth? Or is it an opportunity for liberation? There are some action steps you can take immediately to empower you.

I have found midlife crisis in women, as the popular media refer to it, is an opportunity for midlife education, growth and development in women, perhaps even more so than for men. I challenge women to ask themselves six key questions for planning the next chapter of their life.

I tell the story of one woman who saw her midlife crisis, or midlife transition as I prefer to call it, as a way to re-orient her life and re-define her emotional and psychological self.

Are you showing signs of midlife crisis? Do you see yourself as a victim? I challenge you to take charge of your life and become the creative force in your life. I present the findings from a classic study for leading a happier life.

Midlifers don’t have to be trapped in the old paradigm of aging: decline, decrepitude, depression and despair. By understanding the process of midlife development you can achieve happiness throughout the process. There are key questions to redefine your learning.

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