Myths of Retirement, Myths of Happiness

A free talk at Evergreen, Wed. Oct. 23, 2019 from 7 PM – 8 PM

The idea that one day we will or should retire and then have a better life is a given in our culture. But our ideals of retirement, happiness, and the good life have been greatly influenced by commercial interests playing on human instinct, and are at odds with the evidence from positive psychology, brain science, spiritual traditions, and the body of knowledge given us by the great thinkers of history.

Ironically, the days of retirement can sometimes be even more challenging than the years spent working. And given the stresses of aging and physical deterioration, they can be extremely difficult. In this talk, which includes a brief introduction to the upcoming course The Art and Science of Happiness, we will look at some of the myths can impede or even harm us, and a few alternative viewpoints that can help us achieve greater physical health and emotional wellness during the second half of life.


 Instructor: David Mercier, M.S., L.Ac. is an integral life coach, seminar leader, acupuncturist, and adjunct faculty lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where his award-winning book A Beautiful Medicine is the textbook for the courses The Art and Science of Happiness and Medicine: An Integrative Approach.  He holds an MS in Organization Development, and a Master’s in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. In his teaching, he draws on his experience as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka from 1975 to 1977.