New Book Shows Boomers How Their Golden Years Can be More Golden

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The book offers Boomers a set of practical tools for managing the transition from work to retirement by applying the principles of self leadership.

For many Boomers the golden years are not so golden. But they can be says author, happiness researcher and motivational speaker Dr. Gary Billings in his new book Self Leadership: How Boomers Can Boost Happiness, Secure Their Finances, and Find Meaning in the Second Half of Life.

The book is written to help Boomers who have retired or who are thinking of retiring make the transition into what social scientists are now calling the Second Half. This can be a scary time because there is often the loss of identity and status that work provides. In addition the daily structure may be gone along with important relationships and income. For many, the net effect is a loss of happiness and meaning.

After conducting extensive research on happiness Billings concludes that one of the mistakes Boomers make in the Second Half is to assume that money alone will solve their problems. The evidence suggest otherwise, he says, claiming that other factors are more important including having a loving stable marriage, or relationship with a significant other, having a number of close friends, engaging in altruistic activity, living a healthy lifestyle and making a commitment to learning and growing. In addition to these factors, Dr. Billings says Boomers must avoid self defeating behaviors that rob them of their happiness especially, negative thinking, chronic irritation, excessive worrying and procrastination. He shows readers how to take the research on happiness and apply it to their own lives. Billings does this by introducing the concept of self leadership which involves having a vision of what one wants to accomplish, for example, strengthening one's marriage or making close friends, creating goals related to the vision and then taking action to make the vision and goals a reality.

Each chapter of the book is devoted to one of the factors impacting happiness in the Second Half. There are questionnaires, assessment tests and worksheets at the end of each chapter to help readers apply what they've learned to their unique circumstances.    

Self Leadership: How Boomers Can Boost Happiness, Secure Their Finances, and Find Meaning in the Second Half of Life can be purchased through

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