Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein On Today.com - Americans Pick 50 As The Perfect Age

Dr. Holstein is both a Positive Psychologist and successful author. Recently she was quoted on Today.com regarding why Americans have chosen age 50 as the perfect age

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein was asked by Today.com why she feels 50 is the perfect age. Her comments were insightful, engaging and more than a bit amusing.

"You're young enough," Dr. Holstein stated, "to be famous or start an organic farm and still have the muscle tone to work eight hours a day. You're old enough to have wisdom but young enough that your parents are still alive so you have a generational experience. If you're tired, you can ask the young man on the bus to get out of his seat for you. Or you can date the young man. The more I think about it, the more appealing it is . . ."

“I really think 50 is the new 30 to 35.  For a woman, you can stay stylish and fit and maybe get your hair dyed or just do a little cosmetic tune-up and feel, ‘Wow, this is great.' In terms of childbearing, you can basically say forget it or if you want a baby at 50 or 53, you can get your hormones juiced up and go for it. Research shows that as we age, we tend to be less depressed, less anxious and more optimistic than our juniors. And we also become more comfortable with ourselves and our bodies."

What about those who feel 50 may not be the perfect age? Dr. Holstein offers some additional advice: "Make a list of your talents, strengths and potential.  If you don't know where to start scan your childhood and start with what you felt good at as a child.  Don't worry if the talent didn't make you into a star.  Even one year of piano if you enjoyed it, or having a small garden or loving to draw pictures counts.  Whatever it was, it is a signal to you.  The secret is discovering what has great appeal to you and then figuring out how to reinvent it to fit who you are now."

Dr. Holstein's book, ‘The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything)’ is a first in positive psychology. It is a fiction book for girls, tweens and teens. Written by an 11 year old girl as a diary, Dr. Barbara has embedded within the story positive truths and concepts geared to help girls develop self-esteem and resiliency

Her second book in The Truth Series is 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine…Maybe!’  Now the girl is 13. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with girlfriends.  'Secrets' provides a book kids and parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for needed communication between the generations.

Both 'The Truth' and 'Secrets' are great for grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens in their lives. Both books will be rereleased by Sky Pony Press, the children's book imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. 'The Truth' will be published in July, 2014

Dr. Holstein has recently published two romantic fiction novels, 'Next Year In Jerusalem: Romance, Mystery and Spiritual Awakenings' and 'Next Year In Jerusalem Part Two: Around Every Corner Mystery & Romance in the Holy Land'. These romantic fiction novels tell the stories of Natalie and Maggie, best friends since college, who find themselves in the romantic, mystical and intriguing city of Jerusalem when Natalie’s husband, David, takes a short sabbatical there.

In addition to running a thriving practice, Dr. Holstein is a very successful author across many genres. She is available for media interview and can be reached using the information below or by email at drbarbara@enchantedself.com. All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at http://www.NewRomanceBooks.com.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for increasing happiness.  Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for over 25 years. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara speaks regularly on radio programs around the country, and appears on television in New York and New Jersey. Her inspiring audio shows and podcasts can be found on the web, along with hundreds of her articles and stories. She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, and Family Circle Magazine.

Her pathfinder book ‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’ was published in 1997 by Harwood Academic Publishers and is now in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge. Her second book ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!’ has received rave reviews as a wonderful inspirational story book. ‘DELIGHT’, Dr. Holstein’s third book is available in two versions, paperback and a CD-rom that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein’s voice.

Other works include ‘The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything)’, 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine…Maybe!’, 'Next Year In Jerusalem: Romance, Mystery and Spiritual Awakenings' and 'Next Year In Jerusalem Part Two: Around Every Corner Mystery & Romance in the Holy Land'.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Twitter: @truth4girls