Get on the Fast Track for the Third Act of Your Life
Live Like You Can
By Mary Murrell
In a previous article in Atención, I described a phenomenon called the U-curve of happiness. Social scientists have documented increased happiness (or feelings of well-being) as people age, starting during midlife and continuing into the 80s. If you aren’t feeling particularly happy, fortunately there are things you can do to improve your situation.
Next Designing Your Third Act
Fri, Sep 11 and Sat, Sep 12
9:30am-4pm each day
One day is in San Miguel
The second is at a ranch outside of town
Lunches and all materials are included
US$250 or 4,000 pesos
In her book, The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky describes overall happiness as a combination of genetically determined traits (50 percent) and life circumstances, which are 10 percent (rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy, married or divorced). The remaining 40 percent results from intentional activities like nurturing relationships with others, expressing gratitude, showing empathy to others, practicing optimism, savoring life’s pleasures, engaging in regular physical exercise, and maintaining a deep commitment to goals and ambitions.
My colleague, Janis McDonald, and I have developed a two-day fast track workshop built on the principles of happiness and especially designed for women who are in their Third Act of life. We began the workshops in 2014 with small groups of motivated women who wanted to have the best Third Act possible, and we continue to offer the workshop four times a year.
Our approach is to build confidence, help clarify your own direction, teach a process that has been proven to work to achieve change, and provide simple tools to use. Through two days of interactive discussion and structured activities with other women who are on the same journey, participants come away with renewed energy and a specific plan of how to get what they want.
One of our participants described her experience in the workshop as, “…those two days brought me clarity, motivation, and determination to tackle some issues that have been brewing in my mind for some time but I could not or would not tackle on my own…enormous issues began to look manageable and doable.”
Mary Murrell, PhD completed her postgraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and received a doctorate in the social sciences. She taught at several major universities and for 20 years ran an international consulting practice focused on improving leadership in Fortune 500 companies.