African Americans Share What Makes Them Happy

In 2012, AARP released a study titled “Beyond Happiness: Thriving,” which explored what happiness means to adults and what it takes to thrive as they age. AARP surveyed more than 4,000 Americans ages 35-80, including African Americans/blacks. Regardless of age, relationships were found to be universally important and key drivers of happiness. Among African Americans/blacks age 50 and over, family, relationships and faith top the list of experiences that contribute to personal happiness. The most significant were: Watching your children, …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Parents are serving “smash cakes” for youngsters to destroy at their birthday parties. (Learn more at Today) 2. About 1 in 5 Americans – some 57 million in all – live in multigenerational family households. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A Chinese woman takes her 88-year-old grandma with her to work every day, sometimes on her back. (Learn more at Daily Mail) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  4. Beetles killed a …

Cronuts, Blobfish, Selfies. 11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year*

News, discoveries and fun 1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN) (Sept. 18) 2. Cronuts go for $40 on New York’s black market. (Learn more at AARP) (July 10) 3. Snail slime might be the fountain of youth. (Learn more at AARP) (July 17) 4. What some of the rock ‘n’ roll era’s greatest stars might have looked like had they not died before their time. (Learn more at Sachs Media Group) (Nov. 20) 5. Doing 1,200 sit-ups a day helps keep golfing great Gary Player, …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Scientists have built the world’s first bionic man. (Learn more at Today.com) 2. The U.S. Postal Service won’t issue stamps it’s already printed to promote the government’s “Let’s Move” campaign because some depict kids doing things that may not be safe. (Learn more at New York Times) 3. An Oxford University researcher who led a study of kissing is “still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves.” (Learn more …