From Strength to Strength

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From Strength to Strength

Finding Success, Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life.

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! Change in your life is inevitable, but suffering is not. From Strength to Strength shows you how to accept the gifts of the second half of life with grace, joy, and ever deepening purpose

#1 New York Times Bestseller!

The roadmap for finding purpose, meaning, and success as we age, from bestselling author, Harvard professor, and The Atlantic’s happiness columnist Arthur Brooks.

Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging. But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs.

What can we do, starting now, to make our older years a time of happiness, purpose, and yes, success?

At the height of his career at the age of 50, Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to transform his future from one of disappointment over waning abilities into an opportunity for progress. From Strength to Strength is the result, a practical roadmap for the rest of your life.

Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, Brooks shows us that true life success is well within our reach. By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn, such as deep wisdom, detachment from empty rewards, connection and service to others, and spiritual progress, we can set ourselves up for increased happiness.

Read this book and you, too, can go from strength to strength.


Simon Sinek

Optimist and New York Times Bestselling author of Start with Why and The Infinite Game

To the overachievers, success addicts and tired strivers who are fairly confident you can’t keep it up forever but will try to anyway— this book is for you. Arthur Brooks shows you it’s possible to build a life that really does get better with age.


Eric Schmidt

former Chairman and CEO, Google

Arthur Brooks is the only person to combine both science and our aspirations about our lives. His work confirms and surprises us about ourselves and how we are progressing. From Strength to Strength offers real answers to timeless questions about happiness and progress: How can I be happier? How can I have more meaning in my life? What is the most important thing to me right now and why? Everyone wants and needs the answers to the questions he tackles in this book.


Daniel H. Pink

#1 New York Times bestselling author of DRIVE, WHEN, and A WHOLE NEW MIND

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH is a wise and inspiring guide to reimagining the rest of your life. If you’re a striver tired of striving, this remarkable book is for you.

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

Founder and CEO of Character Lab and author of Grit

Arthur Brooks is one of my very favorite thinkers. Witty, wise, and insatiably curious, he is one of the few intellectuals who can reliably weave scientific research and everyday observations into what we all really need: succinct advice for a good life


Dan Harris

Author and former ABC News anchor

Arthur appears to have a clear strategy here: first he horrifies you, then he bucks you up. An alternate title for this book could be: The Good News About Your Inevitable Decline. Most of us strivers believe we can keep racing until we run out of road. Arthur is trying to save us pain and maximize our contributions to the species. Every ambitious person should read this.

Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron

Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

In this sparkling book, Arthur Brooks considers one of the oldest and deepest questions in the spiritual tradition, namely, how to navigate the tricky waters that separate the first and second halves of life.  Drawing on the wisdom of psychologists, religious teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, and social scientists, he demonstrates that the relative weakness of our later years can in fact become a source of strength.  I found inspiration and hope literally on every page.

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"In this book, Arthur C. Brooks helps people find greater happiness as they age and change."

– The Dalai Lama


Have a Book Club?

Download the From Strength to Strength reading group guide, a great resource for book clubs, groups, or individuals who want to further explore the book's themes and concepts.

Book Tour

Upcoming events

March 14, 2022 Austin, TX SXSW

April 4, 2022 San Francisco, CA Commonwealth Club

April 6, 2022 Los Angeles, CA Live Talks LA event with Simon Sinek (in person and virtual)

April 21, 2022 Tampa, FL The Oxford Exchange


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About Arthur

Arthur Brooks is a social scientist who studies human happiness. He is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, the bestselling author of twelve books, an acclaimed public speaker, and creator of the popular How to Build a Life column for The Atlantic. Previously, he served for ten years as president of the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC.

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