Sometimes being a social scientist comes in handy.
Or at least it did for Arthur Brooks.
He wanted to explore why some people were happy in the second half of life and how he could make sure he — and others — could enjoy those decades.
He advises those still in the first half of their working life to take the long view now and for everyone to build in flexibility and be ready to adjust their expectations.
Brooks’ new book is From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life. He spoke to All Things Considered about not leaving happiness to chance and about the two types of intelligence needed for happiness.