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June 15, 2015
Turning Point:
POSITIVE REMINISCENCE [HAPPINESS AND WELL-BE

“Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.” ~Jean de Boufflers • Do you have a memory of a special event in your life that brings you great happinesswhen you spend time thinking about it? If you do, then you have experienced one of the many benefits of positive reminiscence. Studies have found that savoring positive memories is a powerful way to promote and strengthen positive feelings in the present, especially for older adults. Positive memories can bring us joy, and they can even help us to cope with, and recover from, some of the difficulties that we all encounter in life. Fortunately, no matter what challenges we currently face in our lives, we all have within us the ability to transport ourselves to another time and place.
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May 21, 2015
7 Foods You Should Eat If You’re Over 50
Though you may eat the same foods you've always eaten since you were a kid, your nutritional needs change throughout your life. "In youth, it’s all about growth and maintaining a body that can procreate," says nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The New York Times bestseller, The Hunger Fix. "After the age of 50, the goal is to prevent disease by maintaining an optimally healthy and active mind and body."
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April 15, 2015
Turning Point:
SAVORING [HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING, PART 7]

“Enjoy the little things in life…for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault • Do you frequently find yourself multitasking, or rushing around trying to get everything done? • Do you spend a lot of time using your computer, tablet, or cell phone, or watching TV? It’s important for each of us to take the time to slow down, turn off the technology, and allow ourselves to just enjoy the moment; we can help ourselves to do this by learning how to savor our positive experiences. Savoring the things we enjoy increases the pleasure we experience in the present moment; it also strengthens the brain wiring underlying our positive emotions, helps us to better manage stress, and promotes our overall happiness and well-being (see Happiness and Well-Being, part 3).
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February 23, 2015
Hot Flashes Usually Persist for Years
Science now has an answer for midlife women wondering how long their menopausal heat waves can persist. The answer: a long time. The typical duration of frequent hot flashes and night sweats is seven years, and for some women, symptoms persist for a dozen years or more, says a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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February 12, 2015
Turning Point:
Happiness and Wellness Part VI

In recent years, psychologists have recognized that there are two very different mindsets that people can hold with regard to their own abilities: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset (Dweck, 2006). Those who have a fixed mindset believe that their abilities are set for life and tend to focus on proving themselves. Those who have a growth mindset recognize that their abilities can be enhanced through effort, so they focus on developing their abilities instead of trying to prove themselves. If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions above, you may be approaching things with a fixed mindset.
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