The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age

Atria. May 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781668014486. $27.99. SELF-HELP
McGarey (Living Medicine) celebrated her 102nd birthday in 2022 and has practiced medicine for eight decades. She has lived a fulfilling life and spent time in areas as diverse as India, Ohio, and Arizona. As a cofounder of the American Holistic Medical Association, she promotes many of the tenets of holistic medicine in this book, offering six secrets to assist readers attain true health, happiness, and enriched lives. These secrets include recognizing that we are here for a reason; life is always moving; love is a powerful medicine; and life is a teacher that provides a lesson for everything. Each section concludes with a practice session, providing simple exercises for coping with emotional obstacles. The author uses anecdotes from her own life and her patients’ experiences (with personal names and details altered) to demonstrate how they faced adversity and addressed life’s challenges. McGarey’s touching personal stories and her candor about her divorce and battling cancer reveal how she endured.
VERDICT A helpful guide to embracing the joys and confronting the sorrows of life. Recommended for readers of all ages seeking motivation or inspiration as they continue their living journey.
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