A selection of books on mid-life reinvention


Healthy Aging - Andrew Weil MD (Anchor Books, 2005)

The Upside of Aging: How Long is Life Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose - Paul Irving (Wiley, 2014)

Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change-Vivien Diller PhD with Jill Muir-Sukenick PhD( Hay Books,2010)

The Big Shift:Navigating the  New Stage Beyond Midlife-Marc Freeman (Public Affairs , 2011)

A Fresh Map of Life: The Emergence of The Third Age- Peter Laslett ( Palgrave Macmillan Publishing, 1991)

Senescence The Last Half of Life-G Stanley Hall Ph.D LL.D( CreateSpace Publishing, 2010 )

Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age-Jo Ann Jenkins ( Public Affairs. Perseus Books Group-2016)

Still Here : Embracing Aging.Changing and Dying- Ram Dass ( Riverhead Books-2000)


Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert (Vintage Books, 2007)

World Happiness Report, 2015-Edited by John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill- Matthieu Ricard ( 2007)

Happiness by Design Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life- Paul Dolan (Penguin Books- 2015)

The Geography of Bliss, one grump's search for the happiest places in the world, Eric Weiner( Hachette Book Group Inc-2008)

Happiness:  A History- Darrin M. McMahon ( Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006)

The How of Happiness-Sonja Lyubomirisky( Penguin Press, 2008)

Happiness: Lessons from a New Science- Richard Layard (Penguin Press, 2005)

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth- Ed Diener (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008)

The Politics of Happiness: What Governments can learn for the New Research on Well- Being-Derek Bok ( Princeton University Press, 2010)

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom- Jonathan Haidt (Basic Books, 2006)

The Happiness Advantage : The seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work- Shawn Achor (Crown Publishing Group-2010)

The Happy Manifesto-Henry Stewart ( Happy: self published-2012)

The Art of Happiness at Work- Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler ( Riverhead Books-2013)

Delivering Happiness : a path to profits, passion and purpose-Tony Hsieh ( Writers of the Round Table Press-2012)

Great Days at Work : How Positive Psychology Can Transform Your Working Life -Suzanne Hazelton (KoganPage Ltd-2013)

The 10 Keys To Happier Living : A practical handbook for Happiness- Vanessa King- Action for Happiness ( Headline Publishing Group-2016)


The Map of Heaven-Eben Alexander MD ( Simon & Schuster ,2014)

The Way of Transition-embracing life's most difficult moments-William Bridges( Da Capo Press, 2001)

The Brain's Way of Healing-Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity-Norman Doidge,MD ( Viking Press, 2015) 

The Brain That Changes Itself- Norman Doidge MD ( Penguin Books-2007)

Hardwiring Happiness;The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence-Rick Hanson PhD ( Harmony Books, 2013 )

Switch- How to Change Things When Change is Hard-Chip Heath and Dan Heath ( Broadway Books,2010)

Positive Psychology

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well Being- Martin Seligman(Free Press, 2011)

Authentic Happiness:Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting-Martin Seligman( Simon and Schuster, 2002)

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi( First Harper, 1990)

Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life-Barbara Fredrickson( Three Rivers Press, 2009)

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life-Martin Seligman ( Vintage Books, 1990)

Emotional Intelligence: Why it can Matter More than IQ - Daniel Goleman ( Random House, 2005)

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology- Shane J. Lopz, C.R. Snyder  ( Oxford Library of Psychology, 2009)

Character Strengths and Virtues : A Handbook and Classification- Christopher Peterson, Martin E. P. Seligman ( American Psychological Association-2004)

Your Strengths Blueprint : How to be Engaged, Energized and Happy at Work-Michelle L McQuaid and Erin Lawns ( self published-2014)


Change the world for a fiver-We Are What We Do- anonymous author ( Short Book Ltd-2004) 

The power of just doing stuff ; how local action can change the world-Rob Hopkins ( Transition Boks-2013)

How tochange the world- John Paul Flintoff ( The School of Life- 2012)

How Much is Enough? Money and the Good Life-Robert and Edward Skidelsky ( Other Press- 2013)

Full Catastrophe Living-Jon Kabat-Zinn ( Bantam Trade Books-2013)

Philosophy for Life ; and other dangerous situations- Jules Evans ( Rioder Boks-2013)



Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success - Robert Biswas-Diener   ( John Wiley  & Sons, 2010)

Positive Psychology Coaching : Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients- Robert Biswas - Diener  and Ben Dean ( John Wiley & Sons, 2007)

Invitation to Positive Psychology: Research and Tools for the Professional-Robert Biswas- Diener ( Create Space  Independent Publishing, 2013)

Coaching Questions- Tony Stoltzfus ( www.coach22.com-2008)

Becoming a Professional Life Coach:Lessons From the Institute of Life Coach Training- Patrick Williams and Diane S Menendez (W.W. Norton  & Company-2007)

Law & Ethics in Coaching : How to Solve and Avoid Difficult Problems In Your Practice- Patrick Williams  & Sharon K. Anderson ( John Wiley & Sons-2006)

Total Life Coaching : A Compendium of Resources : 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance Your Practice... and Your Life- Patrick Williams and Lloyd J. Thomas (W W Norton & Company-2005)



Second Wind-Navigating the passage to a slower, deeper and more connected life - Dr Bill Thomas (Simon and Schuster, 2014)

The Power of Purpose- Finding meaning, live longer, better - Richard J. Leider (2010)

 Life Reimagined-discovering your new life possibilities - Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber (2013)

What should I do with my life? The true story of people who answered the ultimate question - Po Bronson. (Ballantine Books, 2005)

Your life calling; Reimagining the rest of your life - Jane Pauley (Simon & Schuster, 2014)

Sailing the Mystery :My Journey into Life’s Remaining Chapters - Ed Merck (2013)

Leading Well- The Essence of Wholehearted Inspirational Leaders- Randy Noe(2014)

Let Your Life Speak:Listening for the Voice of Vocation,Parker J. Palmer (1999)

A New Purpose : Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success, Ken Dychtwald PhD and Daniel J Kadlec( 2010)

The Payoff Principle-Discover the 3 Secrets for Getting What You Want Out of Life  and Work-Dr Alan R. Zimmerman( 2015, Greenleaf Press)


The Boomerang Approach- return to purpose, ignite your passion - Reiner Lomb (2014)

Jump Ship- Ditch your dead end job and turn your passion into a profession - Josh Shipp (St Martin’s Press, 2013

What’s Next? Finding your passion and your dream job in your forties, fifties and beyond- Kerry Hannon (Penguin Group, 2014)

The Third Chapter:Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50-Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot ( Sara Crichton Books , 2009)

Reinvention and Second Acts

Boundless Potential - Mark S .Walton (McGraw Hill, 2012)

Unretirement- How baby boomers are changing the way we think about work, community and the good life - Chris Farrrell (2014)

Mid-Life Magic- designing the next chapter of your life - Lorraine Clemes Ed.D (2013)

The Big Leap- conquer your hidden fear and take life to the next level - Gay Hendricks PhD (Harper One,     2009)

The Encore Career Handbook- How to make a living and a difference in the second half of life - Marci Alboher (Workman Publishing, 2013)

Do what you are. Discover the perfect career through the secrets of personality type - Paul D Tieger, Kelly Tieger, and Barbara Barron (Little Brown and Company, 5th Edition, 2014).

Live smart after 50! - Natalie Eldridge (Life Planning Network Chairwoman, 2013).

Is 65 the new 25? Reclaiming your life; becoming who you were meant to be. - Donna M Bennett.

Second-Act careers, 50+ ways to profit from your passions during semi-retirement  Nancy Collamer, MS (Ten Speed Press, 2013)

Repurpose your career-A practical guide for baby boomers - Marc Miller with Susan Lahey (Career Pivot Publishing, 2013)

The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must have conversations for transitioning to the Second Half of Life -Roberta K Taylor and Dorian Mintzer (Lincoln Street Press,2011)

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard - Chip Heath and Dan Heath (Broadway, 2010)

Diary of a Company Man: Losing a Job, Finding a Life - James S Kunen (Lyons Press, 2012)

What Color is Your Parachute? 2014: A practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers - Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press, 2013)

The Pathfinder; How to choose or change your career for a lifetime of satisfaction and success - Nicholas Lore (Simon and Schuster, 1998)

The Creative Age: Awakening human potential in the second half of life - Gene D. Cohen M.D., PhD.( Harper Collins, 2000)

In Our Fifties-Voices of Men and Women Reinventing Their Lives - William H. Bergquist, Elinor Miller Greenberg,G.Alan Klaum( Jossey- Bass Publishers,1993)

In Our Prime- The Invention of Middle Age - Patricia Cohen( Scribner of Simon and Schuster Inc, 2012)

LEAP! What Will We Do with the Rest of our Lives? - Sara Davidson( Random House, 2007)

For My Next Act-Women Scripting Life After Fifty - Karen Baar,2004

Are  You Old Enough to Read This Book-Reflections on Midlife - Readers Digest Association,1997

Senior Wonders-People Who Achieved Their Dreams After Age 60 - Karen L. Pepkin & Wendell C.Taylor (Karrick Press, 2014)

Change Your Thinking,Change Your Life, How to Unlock Your Full Potential for Success and Achievement - Brian Tracy (John Wiley & Sons, 2003)

Happy Retirement:The Psychology of Reinvention-Professor Kenneth J Shultz PhD (2015,Penguin Random House)

Work Reimagined : Uncover Your Calling-Richard J Leider and David A Shapiro ( Life Reimagined.org 2015)

Love Your Job : The New Rules for Career Happiness-Kerry Hannon ( Wiley -2015)

Catch Me Up : Your Best Days A re Not Behind You, The Future is Bright-William Shattner(Kickstarter-2015)


Falling Upward:A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life - Father Richard Rohr (Wiley, 2011)

Being Mortal,Medicine and What Matters in the End - Atul Gawande (Metropolitan Books, 2014)

Human Being,A Manual for Happiness, Health, Love and Wealth-Dave Ellis and Stan Lankowitz( 1st Edition)

Not For Sale-Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse-Kevin Hancock ( Seventh Power Press, 2015)

The Breaking Point:How Today's Women Are Navigating Midlife Crisis- Sue Shellenberger

Man's Search for Meaning- Viktor E. Frankl ( Beacon Press,Mass Market Paperback,2006)

Mindfullness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a  Frantic World- Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman ( Little, Brown Books 2011)

The Science of Well Being- Felicia A. Huppert. Nick Baylis, Barry Keverne ( Oxford University Press- 2007)

Awakening at midlife- Kathleen Brehoney( New York- Riverhead Books-1996)

Adult Personality : Toward a psychology of life cycle,Middle Age and aging-B L Neugarten ( University of Chicago Press-1968)

Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife- Barbara Bradley Hagerty( Riverhead Books-2016)

The Seasons of Man's Life- D J Levinson, C N Darrow, DB Klein, M H Levinson and B McKee ( Ballantine Books-1978)

Portfolio Life : The New Path to Work, Purpose and Passion After 50-David Corbett, Richard Higgins ( Josey Bass-2006)

Organizational Sleepwalkers : emotion distress at midlife- Manfred Kets de Vries ( Human Relations NY -1999)

Modern Man in search of a soul-Carl Jung ( Harcourt Brace-1933)

Death ofa hero, birth of the soul- J C Robinson ( Tulsa OK, Council Oaks Books-1995)


Reset-Kurt Andersen (2009, Random House)

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength-Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney(2011, Penguin Group)

The Resilience Factor : 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles- Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte Ph.D. (Broadway Books,2003)

On Death and Dying-Elizabeth Kubler-Ross MD ( Scribner Books-1968)

Courage: Formulas, stories and insights-Rabbi Zelig Pliiskin ( Artscroll, Shaar Press-2000)


Having The Last Say- Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story- Alan Gelb (Penguin Random House 2015)


People Skills- Robert Bolton Ph.D. ( Prentice Hall Australia- 1987)

The Relationship Cure- John Gottman Ph. D. ( Three Rivers Press-2001)

Getting the love you want- Harville Hendrix  Ph.D.( Henry Holt & Company- 1988)

Connected- Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler ( Liitle Brown & Co, Hachette Books Group- 2009)

The Gifts of Imperfection/Daring Greatly : Let go who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are- Brene Brown (www.hazelden.org)

Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis- Eric Berne MD ( Ballantine Books-1964)

I'm OK You're OK : A practicl guide to Transactional Analysis- Thomas A. Harris MD ( Harper and Row-1967)

Dimensions of a new identity -Erik Erikson( Jeffesron lectures. W W Norton-1973)

Childhood and Society-Erik Erikson ( Norton-1968)

Motivation and Personality- Abraham Maslow ( Harper Books-1954)

The Road to Character- David Brooks ( Random House - 2015)

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail :and How You Can Make Yours Last- John Gottman PhD ( Simon and Schuster-1994)

Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child:The Heart of Parenting-John Gottman PhD ( Fireside:Simon and Schuster-1998)


Altruism:The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World- Matthieu Ricard (Little Brown. 2015)

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life-Karen Armstrong

Why Kindness is Good For You- Dr David Hamilton

The Selfish Society- Sue Gerhardt( Simon and Schuster-2011)

Give and Take: A revolutionary approach to success- Adam Grant( Penguin Books-2013)

Self Compassion- Kristin Neff PhD ( HarperCollins Publishers -2011)

How To Be Compassionate- Handbook for a Happier World- Dalai Lama

The Compassionate Mind : A New Approach to Life's Challenges- Paul Gilbert Ph.D.- New Harbinger Publications- 2009)

Empathy : Why it Matters and How to Get It- Roman Krznaric ( Perigee Books, Penguin Group-2014)