Wandering through the farmer's market at the University of Minnesota campus on a recent Wednesday, I picked up the Spring 2009 copy of the U's Center for Spirituality and Healing's (CSH) publication, Mandala. Fresh produce from local farmers can replenish the body, while CSH leads to nourishing our soul or purpose in life.
The issue highlighted the MetLife Mature Market Institute's study, Discovering What Matters: Balancing Money, Medicine and Meaning, which "confirms that as we get older, we focus on nonfinancial essentials in our lives, even during tough economic times." The "Good Life" is a holistic view of oneself - more than just money, it focuses on relationships, well being, purpose, and more. The study also features a useful workbook to offer reflection on your past and focus on your priorities.
For me, the most useful portion was the "Good Life Inventory," where I found that one of the areas I would like to work on is my sense of place. Being a librarian, I appreciate that the workbook does not leave you hanging if you feel you have not achieved the Good Life in every area. There are numerous further readings to consider, along with suggestions on how to find a sounding board person or group, and more to assist you in the pursuit of 'the good life.'
Locate the Discovering What Matters online workbook or order a free print copy, at: http://www.metlife.com/mmi/?WT.mc_id=vu1243