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Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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---Paul D. Nussbaum, Ph.D., author of Save Your Brain: The 5 Things You Must Do to Keep Your Brain Young and Sharp
"Legions of Baby Boomers, if they take command of their lives, can experience unprecedented satisfaction and longevity in retirement. MASTER CLASS will show them the way."
---Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., author of A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success
"MASTER CLASS is the consummate how-to guide for every baby boomer and beyond to mold their vision of positive aging into reality. Step-by-step it provides a practical and concise road map to achieving optimal personal growth and well-being as we age."
---Marc E. Agronin, M.D., author of How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old
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I'm 58. A few months ago I realized that my daily routine had become way too comfortable and, well, easy. I have a good job that I'm good at. I swim, do yoga or run every day. On weekends I garden, do projects and invite the kids over for Sunday dinner. I love my wife and we are very happy.
I also wake up every morning with aches, pains and stiffness. I have a fairly short list of things I like to do and I feel I'm losing my mental edge. I'd just as soon walk away from a political argument than join it, and I give up on the extra hard Sudokus way too quickly.
I'm thinking it's time to shake things up a bit, so I headed over to Amazon to search for ideas Turns out there are tons of books related to this. I found books on the aging brain, improving mental activity, and memory, books on improving the social life of empty nesters, books on middle aged "safe" exercise, books on" Happiness Theory" (really?), books on the importance of spirituality, and on and on.
As I browsed Amazon, I realized that my real question was one of balance. Is there any guidance as to how much time I should be spending doing exercise, vs. Socializing, vs. challenging my mind, vs. spending time with family etc? Is there a recommended balance of activities that will properly exercise and stimulate my mind, body and spirit?
Ultimately my Amazon browsing brought me to this book. It had just been published and there were no reviews but I bought it anyway based on the description. I just finished reading it and started to put its suggestions into daily practice. (learning Japanese and joining a choir).
This is not a guru book filled with philosophy and feel-goodisms (although some Gurus are reviewed).Read more ›
The author takes the reader beyond brain health, into the world of true mental health, which necessarily involves new and stimulating experiences -- learning and travel being at the top of the list. But what are the first steps? The opportunities are so vast that the initial stages of this period of potential joy can be daunting. But despair, disappointment, and regret are not requirements of old age.
Drawing from real life stories of successful aging, the author provides a "road map" toward happiness for seniors. This means seizing life and chasing dreams. It means staying engaged in stimulating and fulfilling activities. And it means doing everything that's possible to maximize happiness -- and there are the real-life stories, based on hundreds of hours of phone interviews, to show you the way.
On days when you're feeling a bit, well, "weatherbeaten," and maybe want to be able to get the blood pumping without actually getting... out of bed... check out Get Fit in Bed by Tartell and Kavanau. And for an invigorating and inspiring -- even life-giving -- view of the world, check out Reenchantment of Everyday Life by Thomas Moore.
In Master Class, author Peter Spiers shows the 78 million Baby Boomers in the United States how to "live longer, stronger and happier."
Spiers is the Senior Vice President of Road Scholar, and interviewed many members of that organization as part of his research for this book. Comments from interviewees are included throughout the book.
The premise of the entire book is based on four ideas as the elements of the "Master Life:" "socializing, moving, thinking and creating."
In the first part of the book, Spiers explains the "master life" theory and expounds on the four elements as mentioned above. The remaining four sections helps the reader create their own Master Life. The reader completes assignments for each of the four elements. At the end of each section, the reader takes a final exam.
The ideas in this book are inspiring and exciting and I'm ready to embark on a journey to "live longer, stronger and happier." Every baby boomer should read this book, keep it close at hand for reference, and implement this program in their life.
Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier published on June 26, and is now available at your favorite bookstore or order it online through Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great inspiration for retired folks - wonderful resource for those just transitioning from career to retired - !Published 5 months ago by carolart5
I am so happy I was able to get this book. It arrived as arranged.Published 16 months ago by Trudy Crawford
All the advice in this book is good, but the program is a bit too regimented for me. It also does not take into account that some of us are introverts and that, although some... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carol Mannchen
This book proves that educational travel can be fun travel. I bought it because I am quoted in it but found other stories of interestPublished 23 months ago by Robert J. Demarest
I liked the concept of giving people ideas about how to live ... just did not like the way it was dictated as how to do so.Published on January 29, 2014 by lwk
This is a great book if you live in the United States. I say this because much of the information pertaining to the activities contained in this book are places only found there. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Snowflake 15
I thought it was a bit pompous and rather boring.
I had hoped it would be helpful. I sent it back.
Have yet to finish it, as I have been traveling, but I intend to do so.I am a long time Road Scholar aficianado.Published on April 13, 2013 by Janet L. Hetterly