Eudaimonia, Hedonism, and Happiness, Oh My!

Everyone wants to be happy – it’s a no-brainer. But what is happiness? The Greek word for happiness is “eudaimonia” which means “having a guiding angel.” In 1776, the Founding Fathers felt it important enough to mention the” pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. By the 19th century, economists felt they could measure happiness in units of pleasure, but they learned that money could not buy happiness because a person with twice as much income as another was …

All Is Fair in Love & Gift-Giving?

Q: I remarried two years ago and am happy as can be, except that my husband and I can’t figure out how to deal with gift-giving. I have to buy presents for 10 people on  his side, and he has only one person to buy for on my side. Can you help us find a logical solution? Dr. Pepper Schwartz: Hey, you’re a couple now – split everything! That means you will be doing more for him than he does …

Life@50+ Is a Sure Winner

I’ve never been a gambler, but I just returned from Las Vegas where a $25 bet netted people a big-time jackpot. No, I didn’t temporarily lose my miserly mind in the heat of the Nevada desert and roll the dice in some swanky Vegas casino. I’m way too cheap to tell people to throw away good money like that. I’m talking about a mere $25 for the cost of admission to the three-day AARP Life @50+ National Event held at …

The #1 Topic to Talk About After 50 (Even If They Say We Shouldn’t!)

Okay, I know that money is one of those topics we’re not supposed to discuss at cocktail parties (along with religion and politics and so on and so forth) … but … we’re not at a cocktail party. We’re in real life. Midlife, in fact. And we need money. If you don’t have a plan… it’s time to think about creating one.  We don’t want to be in our 50s, 60s and beyond without enough money to take care of ourselves. Where to start? First, understand …

Cheap and Easy Gardening Tips

Check out this week’s episode of my weekly AARP web show on YouTube for some money-saving gardening tips and a chance to win a $50 gift card. Be sure to subscribe to the show (it’s FREE and easy – just click on the “subscribe” icon and follow the prompts), that way you’ll be eligible for a shot at the prizes if you leave me your tips.   Also of Interest Spring Into Gardening Season: 5 Frugal Ways to Get Your Plants and Garden Ready 9 …

Other Earth-Friendly Days

Don’t get me wrong:  as a lifelong environmentalist, I think that Earth Day (April 22) serves an invaluable purpose both as a celebration of our wondrous planet and as an opportunity to draw attention to the many serious – literally “life threatening” – challenges facing our natural environment.  The only problem with Earth Day is that it’s a single day once a year, while our responsibility to the environment is 24/7, every day of the year. The good news is …