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The Surprising Good News About Getting Older

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe headline in this morning’s Wall Street Journal caught my eye:  “We Actually Get Nicer With Age.” Wow! So much for the stereotype of the grumpy old man and the cranky old lady. According to the article, as people get older, they report increases in positive traits such as conscientiousness, agreeableness and emotional stability. What’s more, negative traits — like neuroticism, anger and anxiety — seem to decline. Overall,  as we age we become “more responsible, more agreeable and more …

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 …

Can Watching Viral Videos Make You Smarter?

Posted on 06/3/2011 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

EntertainmentCan watching viral videos make you smarter or more productive? In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers from the University of Western Ontario found that people who watched happy videos increased their problem-solving abilities over those who watched neutral or sad videos. Woo hoo! According to researcher Ruby Nadler, “If you have a project where you want to think innovatively, or you have a problem to carefully consider, being in a positive mood can help you do …