Chapter Four

Am I Living the Good Life My Whole Life?

A fundamental question on the path of purposeful aging is, “What is the good life?”

With that question and related inquiries into whether we are living our conception of it, we continue the real conversation with ourselves and loved ones that enables us to age purposefully. This conversation is informed deeply by our cultural experience—by the way we grew up and the models of aging that were presented to us. At the same time, there is a universality to the patterns and practices of youth and later life, as we can see by observing traditions other than those we were raised in.

For example, ...

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