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Living It Up in Life's Second Half

If you’re approaching that huge milepost with less than your usual birthday enthusiasm, open this book to discover all the ways in which turning fifty might just be the best thing yet. The authors share a wide range of ideas for making this major life transition a time of opportunity, growth, and celebration. As Sheila Key writes in the introduction: “What Peg and I hope you’ll hear among these pages is the irrepressible rustling of joy — joy enough to make you bust out laughing, sure, and the kind that comes from improving your mental outlook and physical habits, even just a little. But also the simple joy of having lived this long, of being able to look back over five full decades and forward to who-knows-how-many more; not to mention...the joy of living more mindfully in the ever-present Now.”

Bursting with anecdotes, activities, “things to try at least once,” advice from a savvy doctor, and clever ways to remember it all, this little volume sparkles like a treasure chest. It’s as chock-full of useful and entertaining gems as your life is full of memories, regrets, dreams, and possibilities.


“With generous helpings of wisdom and wit, this book is a recipe for joy during what comes next.”
— David Niven, PhD, author of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

“Good, juicy, inspiring words and ways to live as a gloriously aging soul.”
— SARK, author and artist of Fabulous Friendship Festival

50 Ways to Leave Your 40s is a joyful, irreverent (and at the same time, very reverent), enthusiastic, and incredibly informative book. The authors present their suggestions for zestful and meaningful living in wonderfully inviting ways. I loved it!”
— Sue Patton Thoele, author of The Courage to Be Yourself and The Mindful Woman

“So far, the statistics are convincing: everyone ages. How we age, however, is largely a choice. Sheila Key and Dr. Peggy Spencer serve up a delectable recipe for healthy aging that is both delicious and joyful.”
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things