Mayhem in the Quiet Car

If you’ve ever taken Amtrak, you may be familiar with the “quiet car.” This car (as recently described in a New York Times article) is a haven from the constant noise, music and conversation that invades many of our lives. I myself am a regular quiet car rider. It’s a usually peaceful experience and I use the time to catch up on research reports or read a book. But every so often we experience an “incident.” The Wednesday before Thanksgiving …

The Best-Kept Secret to Weight Loss

Are 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

Like 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?

This 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

Optimism 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?

Research 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 …