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What Really Matters?

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The MetLife Mature Market Institute has worked with Richard Leider, a life coach, to develop an analysis of what brings contentment to Americans ages 45 to 74.

The Westport, Conn.-based institute, a unit of MetLife Inc., New York, says Leider and other report authors based the findings on the results of about 1,000 interviews with individuals in the “second half of life.”

In the report, “Discovering What Matters,” the authors divide people into 5 basic types, by looking at the value people place on money, medicine, meaning and place:

The groups are the Balanced Givers, the Meaning-Minded, the Balanced Individualists, the Financially Focused and the Hyper-Individualists.

In all the groups, older respondents tended to focus less on wealth accumulation and more on health and well-being than younger respondents did, the authors found.

The MetLife Mature Institute is distributing the free report along with a workbook that consumers can use to come up with their own analyses of what matters.