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Congratulations and thanks to all of you who are fully vaccinated. This has made a big difference in the fight.
HOWEVER, the State of Illinois has been experiencing a surge in positive cases and hospital utilization. As of 30 August 2021, all patrons, whether fully vaccinated or not, and including children older than age 2 must cover nose and mouth when not seated and eating or drinking.
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The second half of life invites us to experience new growth such that we live an even more fulfilling life. But often the invitation isn't all that attractive, with changes in our families, our health, our relationships and our increasing grasp that the journey does have an ending. Many of us refuse the invitation to evolve, hanging on to old ways that may not serve us well in the second half.
In Doug Smith's best-selling first book, Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy, he detailed 13 skills that enable living an accomplished, meaningful and joyful life...what positive psychologists refer to as "flourishing." In this second book, with the help of Ken Murphy, he looks at these skills through the lens of the second half of life and offers new tools and new ways to use them. The result is a guidebook for successfully navigating the transition to a thriving second half of life.
About the Author
Doug, a former business leader, is relishing the second half of his life as a speaker, teacher, writer and business co-founder and as he benefits from the experiences of others and learns from his own foibles. In his previous life, he served as CEO of Kraft Foods Canada, Chairman/CEO of Borden Foods Corporation and Chairman/CEO of Best Brands Corporation. His specific areas of interest are leadership and organizational effectiveness, happiness and well being, and resilience in the face of setbacks. He works with organizations and individuals, focusing on emerging companies, and with CEO's who are eager to learn and enhance their leadership skills and live with greater joy and abundance. Leaders do not have to sacrifice their health for their wealth. Doug's interest in positive psychology led him to author Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joywhich was released January 2014. Most recently he has co-authored, with Ken Murphy, Thriving the Second Half of Life, to be released in December 2020. Doug teaches an undergraduate course at DePauw University and leads sessions at Canyon Ranch on "The Science & Skill of Happiness." Doug speaks on both leadership and happiness at numerous conferences and organizations across the country. He donates 100% of his fees and 100% of his book profits to charitable organizations involved in cancer research, the environment or education. To date, his work and writing has raised over $1.5 million for these causes. Most recently he is a co-founder of Positive Foundry, LLC, an organization dedicated to enabling individuals and their organizations to flourish. Doug has a BA and an honorary doctorate from DePauw University and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He and his wife Phyllis have two grown sons and live happily in Columbus, Ohio. Should you wish to reach him you can find him at whitepinemountain.com
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Based on the Book ...
We are always delighted when someone sees a movie in the book, because now, millions of more people know about the book! It might have been a great film or it might have been a total dud.
But, read the book yourself to see just how good or different the original is!