Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Amava Post–a cornerstone offering in our mission to ensure that you stay active and engaged throughout your life, the optimal path to fulfillment and longevity.

Part newsletter, part e-zine, part blog and part podcast, the Amava Post seeks to inspire, engage, inform and entertain those of us moving beyond full-time employment and parenting. I hope you will enjoy our unique take on issues of importance, ideas for things to do with your free time, and practical advice on common concerns.

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As with everything we do at Amava, we will not disclose or sell your personal information to any third party.

Keep living well,

Mark

 


 

Why Are We Obsessed With Your Fulfillment?

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”Susan Ertz

Death defying. Not since Ponce de Leon have we invested so much in preserving ourselves and grasping for longevity. Billions of dollars are being poured into dozens of competing expeditions searching for a technological “fountain of youth.” Well-known tech visionaries and the research elite are betting a bundle that they will be the first to unearth that specific gene, unique peptide or other biological breakthrough that promises to add decades to our lives. Unfortunately it will likely take decades just to find the elusive age-defying elixir and then be available only to the wealthiest few.

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”Bruce Lee

Fulfillment and Longevity. What if just by staying active and engaged with others we up our chances for more trips around the sun? And what if enjoying it is part of the base equation? The research is in and it’s good news. The best route to a long life is to make it fulfilling  — it’s cheap, available right now, and will make your memoir worth writing!

In other words, you do not have to choose between longevity and fulfillment. In fact, the more full and interesting your life, the longer your life. And that in a nutshell, is why we are obsessed with your fulfillment.

 


 

Want to Dive Deeper?

We hope you enjoy these related reads as much as we did:

Kerry Hannon in Reaping the Benefits of an Aging Workforce, an article in the New York Times, highlights opportunities to stay fulfilled longer by evolving to stay relevant at our existing places of employment and beyond.

In his recently released book, The Longevity Economy, Joseph Coughlin, Founder and Director of the MIT AgeLab, eloquently argues that “oldness” is a negative, outdated social construct that is at odds with how we live (and how businesses need to learn to serve us) as we age.

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, provides a nice overview of how to think about spending all our newly found “free time.”