The Path to the Good Life

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Stanford palm trees at dusk

Are you on the path to the good life?

What does it look like?

Are you living in the moment and finding peace and pleasure and time to exercise along the journey?

Are you working too hard? Studying too hard? Playing too hard?

Hopefully you’re searching for balance while you do it all, because we have a long life to live, and if you’re only doing one thing really well, you might be off balance which can create stress and unhappiness. By the year 2050, it’s estimated that the average US life expectancy will be in the mid-80s, up from 77.85 estimated in 2006. What are we going to do with all our time?

We need to find ways to balance our quest for education, our hard work whether in a career or supporting loved ones, and our leisure time. We need to take care of our social relationships and stay connected with those that support us and bring us up. It’s good for our health.

These are just a few of the facts and tidbits I took away from tonight’s lecture at Stanford by Dr. Laura Carstensen, a professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity.

Michele invited me to join her for this event, probably 2 months ago. Luckily she planned ahead for two reasons: 1) the event sold out, and 2) if we had not purchased tickets, I’m sure it would have been easy to say we were “busy” and “couldn’t” go.  We had an escalation of commitment, which is a good thing and paid off. We are both very busy and active moms, and sneaking away for a few hours, away from dinner, dishes, homework help, soccer practice pickups and carpools, and bedtime routines felt like a luxury. I’m so thankful that we made the time to go and did the work to get there and actually put on a little makeup and jewelry so we looked like real, “professional” women. 😉 I’m thankful that our husbands are supportive of us and took care of the housework and kid work in our absences, after they worked a long day too at the office.

It was great to share dinner and a glass of wine together, before the lecture and time in the car on the ride back home to share and discuss all that we heard and learned and how it applied to our own lives.

I find it very stimulating to have had some continuing education tonight, some girl time, and me time, all rolled into one. I highly encourage you to make time too, for yourself, for your friends, for your brain, and your body and not to lose yourself in the responsibilities that you carry. It’s good for your health! Salud!!

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Asian dinner, wine and chocolate… life is good!

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