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, …

Dalai Lama Opens Senate Session With a Prayer

The 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet, opened the U.S. Senate session on March 6 with a prayer, which Senate Historian Don Ritchie believes to be a first for a Buddhist. Also known as Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, 78, spoke first in the Tibetan language, then in English. “With our thoughts we make our world,” the prayer began. “Our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will …

Have You Prayed Today? Probably

For more than 60 years now, Congress has set aside one day to be a National Day of Prayer (May 2 this year) – which, it turns out, older Americans may observe the most faithfully. More than two-thirds of all Americans 50 and older (67.1 percent), in fact, say that they pray at least once a day, according to the most recent survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Only 53.8 percent of adults under …