Even though Maureen Dowd wrote about women’s happiness at the New York Times more than a month ago, I’m still thinking about it today. Research shows that women’s levels of happiness decrease as they age. Based on the research she has read and the women she has talked to, Dowd draws a bold conclusion: “Women around the world are in a funk.”
Do you think this is true? If it is, what is this “funk” all about?
We have a free life to design as we will, but it seems even the most externally happy and succesful women begin to feel bogged down by the choices they have made. We choose to pursue a career, commit to a loving partner, and maybe have children. We choose to stay engaged with the news, pursue spirituality, walk the dog, workout 4 times a week (if we’re lucky!), volunteer, cook healthy food, read,¬†go to the movies, shop for the things we need, and invite friends over for dinner. On top of that, if you are a creative person, you have to¬†honor your more abstract need to create, connect, and pursue work that means something to you on a fundamental level.
Is the 9-to-5 commuting lifestyle at odds with what women need to be happy? But without it, what then?
I’m looking forward to reading Goddess to the Core, a book that begins to unravel the mysterious pursuit of happiness and balance women undertake throughout their lives. Author Sierra Bender‘s hard-won success in life comes from¬†being face head-on with a health crisis and an overwhelming number of questions about what it takes to create a happy life. She dsicovered her answers–and now she inspires women around the world to discover them as well.
I hope you have success in looking for these answers for yourself, and welcome your comments on this important question!