Living Mindfully Across the Lifespan: An Intergenerational Guide provides user-friendly, empirically supported information about and answers to some of the most frequently encountered questions and dilemmas of human living, interactions, and emotions.
With a mix of empirical data, humor, and personal insight, each chapter introduces the reader to a significant topic or question, including self-worth, anxiety, depression, relationships, personal development, loss, and death. Along with exercises that clients and therapists can use in daily practice, chapters feature personal stories and case studies, interwoven throughout with the authors’ unique intergenerational perspectives. Compassionate, engaging writing is balanced with a straightforward presentation of research data and practical strategies to help address issues via psychological, behavioral, contemplative, and movement-oriented exercises.
Readers will learn how to look deeply at themselves and society, and to apply what has been learned over decades of research and clinical experience to enrich their lives and the lives of others.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: You Have Worth Just for Existing – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 2: Life is Not Fair: Cope with It! – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 3: Belief is Half the Battle! – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 4: Bringing Others to the Table – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 5: Put it in Neutral: Interpersonal Mindfulness – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 6: Getting to the Goal – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 7: All Problems Have Solutions – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 8: Life is Hard - Deal with It! – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 9: I Don’t Want to Feel This Way! – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 10: Feeling Crappy? Coping with Pain – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 11: Feeling Happy? Maintaining Joy – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
Chapter 12: So Long for Now? – J. Kim Penberthy & J. Morgan Penberthy
J. Kim Penberthy, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and is a Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
J. Morgan Penberthy, B.A., is a well-being advocate and yoga and meditation instructor. She currently works at the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.
'Too often "self-help" books are not interesting and enjoyable to read. This guide by Kim and Morgan Penberthy is just the opposite! Of greater importance, the context and examples are extremely relevant and useful; the advice comes straight from science – not their armchair opinions. This is a must read for people of all ages – it can change your life!' – Arthur M Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP, distinguished university professor of Psychology, and Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP, professor of Psychology, both at Drexel University
'It would be amazing if this mother-daughter handbook for navigating life was assigned to everyone, kind of like a driver's license or a mammogram. From adolescence to middle age, I can imagine people everywhere savoring each chapter of this book in planes, in cozy armchairs, in amazing intergenerational book clubs – and what healing and empowerment will ripple out from those who do. It's full of wisdom, straight talk, and tools you can use today to create a more compassionate and thriving life – inside and out.' – Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., psychologist, senior fellow, Institute of Noetic Sciences; executive director, John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation
'An insightful and wise guide to mindfully navigating every season of life with clarity, compassion and grace. This book has an ambitious scope, and delivers!' – Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion
'Kim and Morgan Penberthy have written this helpful guide for skillfully navigating the ups and downs of life. Grounded in their rich professional experiences and personal journeys toward wholeness, they offer practical and evidence-based approaches to living authentically and with peace of mind. So unique and refreshing to have intergenerational perspectives of both mother and daughter woven together!" – Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., RN, author of Leaves Falling Gently and president of the Mind & Life Institute
'This mother and daughter duo have tapped into their rich personal and professional experiences to help those seeking to achieve more fulfilling and meaningful lives. The book is entertaining to read and filled with enlightening personal stories, real life examples, cutting-edge research, and practical exercises. Kudos to the authors for writing such an approachable guide to becoming more mindful, self-compassionate, and self-efficacious at any age.' – Brandon A. Gaudiano, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and primary faculty in the Brown Mindfulness Center
'Kim and Morgan Penberthy have written a helpful and accessible book, loaded with practical suggestions for living a better life. They draw on the most recent and most research-based interventions within positive psychology to provide a roadmap for understanding major transitions over the lifespan. This is an excellent read, and virtually everyone who navigates its pages will benefit greatly.' – Everett L. Worthington, Jr, P.hD., commonwealth professor emeritus since his retirement from Virginia Commonwealth University