Barbara Bradley Hagerty


You may not know her face but you certainly know her name and her voice from her 20 years as a correspondent on NPR. Barbara Bradley Hagerty left the respected public radio network to pursue other challenges, including writing. Her book Fingerprints of God became a New York Times bestseller and her latest endeavor is a little more terrestrial but just as fascinating.

In Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife, Barbara taps into her own experiences but also includes research from the fields of neuroscience and psychology to help chip away at some long-believed “truths.”

She explains to Growing Bolder why the idea of a midlife crises is a myth, with only about 10 percent experiencing it. Even if you find yourself feeling a dip in your happiness in midlife, Barbara has great news — it’ll be short-lived. She explains how the tendency to readjust our priorities and expectations during midlife will lead to greater levels of happiness.

Find out how to invest in yourself to take advantage of the bonus years most of us will now experience after the age of 65. She explains why research shows retiring at 65 to hit the golf course is one of the worst things you can do.

From keeping your marriage and relationships strong to the pursuit of hobbies and passions, Barbara offers great tips for making the most of your midlife and beyond years.