Have you ever wondered what makes life worthwhile? In this Aging GreatFULLy power-hour we take a deep dive into exploring what gives life meaning–in simple, yet powerful ways—that result in life enrichment and transformation. Welcoming special guest and author of the perfect new book for this conversation, A Worthwhile Life: How to Find Meaning, Build Connection, and Cultivate Purpose, Michael Westover.Westover helps us understand the distinction between the purpose of life and the meaning of life.Michael Westover looked in the mirror one day and wondered what the point of it was. He had a successful career in health care, a stable family, and great friendships. Yet, he felt aimless. His life was full—meetings to further his career, hours of TV, activities with his children—but was it worthwhile? Westover wondered why countless people coasted through life as he had, feeling lost and disconnected, while others approached each day feeling worthy and valuable.He wanted answers. But also, He wanted to feel worthwhile. So, he embarked on a journey for insight. But Westover didn’t just look to the modern era for clues to solve this question…he dug through centuries of research and set out on a philosophical passage to find connection and meaning. What he discovered significantly changed the way he lives his life! He learned that living a life that matters is simpler than we may imagine! And following five types of commitment that are research-proven to give life more meaning, we can all build a worthwhile life and avoid the cycle of distractions.Westover gives advice from being a good neighbor, human steward or even what to do when life becomes overwhelming. He discusses the value of belief in a higher source, spirituality, faith or religion and how those practices can tether and build a sense of belonging and community as well as foster positive individual ideals. He answers the question as to whether its better to have a happy life or a meaningful life and why and even what a meaningful life looks life as we grow older. He discusses the power of nature, the importance of leaving your comfort zone, how to break out of a slump and so much more!From beginning to end, Westover shares wisdom, philosophy, stories and cites sources that educate, inspire and enlighten us towards better understanding A Worthwhile Life!Michael Westover is a writer, speaker, health care industry executive and graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Westover’s website, www.echoesofmeaning.com, is a collection of more than 30 articles about human connection, including articles of family, business, religion, and self-improvement. Many of his pieces attempt to look at ancient truths from new angles to make them applicable to modern life. When he is not writing, you can find him coaching one of his kids’ teams, hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, or wakeboarding when it’s nice outside and snowboarding when it’s not. You can learn more about his work, connect with him and purchase his book, A Worthwhile Life, by visiting him at www.echoesofmeaning.com.Thank you, amazing Aging Rebels, for listening to the Aging GreatFULLy show! We are proud to be the Listener’s Show and create this show for YOU! If you enjoy this episode, please share it with your friends and family and leave us a positive show review on your favorite platform! We are grateful and love spotlighting listener reviews on air who do! We broadcast to over 170 countries around the world on your favorite platforms! To listen, stream, connect, share, download, subscribe, visit our official host page at or https://www.spreaker.com/show/aging-greatfully-with-gerontologist-holl or to connect with host Holley Kelley visit www.HolleyKelley.com where you can find official #AgingRebels™ Merch, stream Aging GreatFULLy with Holley Kelley© and much more! Always remember, YOU rock and YOU ROLE model!