From surviving to thriving

Originally this Substack was called AgeingUpwards, which is the name of the book I published in April 2023. The book gives a practical research-based framework for how mindfulness can help us age with awareness, acceptance and self-compassion. It is based on the experiences I gained from creating, teaching and researching an 8-week Mindfulness Based Vitality & Ageing (MBVA) course in cooperation with Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and Leyden Academy of Vitality and Ageing in the Netherlands.

However, I teach mindfulness to all ages and there is not an age-related difference in what I teach. I just apply mindful skills and knowledge to the different challenges we face in life.

Besides, ageing is just another word for living. What I write about here should not kept from the younger population. As a matter of fact the earlier we start to practice these mindful life-hacks the more we can benefit from them throughout life. And so I have renamed it to Living Upwards.

So join me, if you would like to be part of a community of people who likes to explore ways to thrive at any age. You can expect written posts about how to cultivate and savour the joys of life and how to embrace the challenges. I will also give you some guided meditations from time to time that helps you do this.

I have no set schedule of publication, but you can expect a new post every 2 or 3 weeks or so.

About me

This sub stack brings together my personal and academic ventures of the last 30 years in communication, psychology, ageing and mindfulness. I am an accredited Mindfulness and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Teacher, and I hold a BA (Honours) in Psychology, a MSc of Vitality and Ageing and a MA of Communication.

I am looking forward to Living Upwards with you,


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Embracing life and age with awareness, acceptance, self-compassion and mental flexibility .


Mindfulness consultant / Speaker / Author (to-be). I write about the challenges longevity creates in individuals and society. I hope to inspire how to grow older mindfully through awareness, acceptance, (self-) compassion and adaptation.