happiness

The Best-Kept Secret to Weight Loss

Posted on 11/8/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAre you ready to learn the best-kept secret to weight loss? It doesn’t involve purchasing a miracle product or submitting to a killer exercise routine. Nor does it involve weighing yourself three times a day or obsessing over every bite you put in your mouth. The best-kept secret is to develop and maintain a happy relationship with yourself. Many of us go to great lengths to please others and develop happy relationships with our spouses, parents, children and co-workers——even strangers. …

On Community

Posted on 11/7/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeLike many who live in the Northeast, I lost power during Hurricane Sandy. For a week. I’m luckier than some, as I have a generator to at least keep my heat going. But on Tuesday, day two without electricity, my generator died at 6:30am. Within minutes I could feel the house temperature dropping. I don’t panic, I thought, it just meant it needed to be fed oil, right? But OMG the oil was in the garage and with no power …

Do I need a new BFF?

Posted on 10/26/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeThis is the first in a series of posts from AARP’s Senior Vice President of Research & Strategic Analysis, Becky Gillan.  So the other day I was talking to my sister, and as usual, the conversation gravitated to her two Westies: Maddie and Miss Daisy. She starts to tell me that they have just gotten back from getting their portraits taken and . . . hold on. “Portraits of what?!?” I ask. Seems she is no longer content to have …

Aging and Optimistic? It’s More Common (and Warranted) Than You May Think

Posted on 08/22/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayOptimism among the aged may be more common than you think. By “you,” I mean the proverbial you, of course — you in particular might have no doubt that life doesn’t stop being a bowl of cherries at 65. Based on what frequently runs in the media, however, anyone could be forgiven for thinking older Americans are all just downright miserable. So what a surprising change of pace this “United States of Aging” survey turned out to be.

What’s Your Happiness Formula?

Posted on 05/22/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeResearch suggests that we are all chasing happiness. All individuals are wired pretty much the same way, and it seems that the ultimate goal is to be full of joy and contentment. We are all seeking everlasting happiness. What is it that shapes your emotional well-being? What is it that rings your bell? What makes your heart beat faster? What is it that gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling called happiness? I would imagine a vast majority of people will answer …

The Takeaway: Debt Plan; Brain Injury Linked to Alzheimer’s; Grandparent ‘Lifeline’

Posted on 07/18/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayBaby steps. “A bipartisan effort in the Senate to allow President Obama to raise the federal debt ceiling in exchange for about $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years gained momentum Sunday … The growing sentiment for raising the federal limit on U.S. borrowing sets the stage for a week of largely scripted actions on Capitol Hill, where leaders in both chambers are looking to build support for the plan being crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) …