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Does Getting Older Make Us Happier? It’s Complicated

While most sixteen year olds want to be eighteen, how many 45 year olds want to be 65?

Research has increasingly found happiness to be a function of many dimensions. One of them happens to be age; but it is more complicated than we might think. The progression in age does not make us more happy or unhappy in a linear way.

The U-Bend of Happiness

The surprising finding is that people increase in happiness until around...
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Coping in the Face of Deadly Violence: The Vegas Shooting

The Vegas Shooting that took the lives of 59 people and wounded 527 others is the deadliest shooting incident in modern American history. It is a tragic and violent event.

As we shockingly take stock of this horrific event, we once again dare to imagine the pain of the families, the suffering of those wounded and the echoes of fear and horror triggered in so many who have faced violence and tragedy. In the face of such...
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Improve Diet Success: Remove The Roadblocks

Too many people in this culture have good diet intentions with bad results. From cleanses to no carbs, from eating vegetables to eating by blood type, the diet options abound, as do the roadblocks to success.

Changing how and what we eat is not easy—but it is possible. One step that may set the stage for success is recognizing and removing the roadblocks that sabotage the efforts to eat less or to eat in a healthy way.

 The...
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We Need to Feel “Awe”- Solar Eclipses, Sunsets, Snowflakes…

If you have ever felt speechless looking up at the Grand Canyon, compelled to take a picture of an incredible sunset, or riveted by a flock of birds in formation, you know the sense of “Awe.” 

The Meaning of Awe

According to Dascher Keltner, researcher and founder of the Greater Good Project, “Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world.”

Those witnessing the full totality of the Solar...
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Truth or Dare: Online Dating in Midlife

While many mid-lifers cringe with the initial thought of online dating, the reality is that more and more are trying it.

Online dating use among 55 to 64-year-olds has risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic. Today, 12% of 55 to 64 year-olds report using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.

If you are going to venture into online dating, here are some findings and...
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Being Smarter About Using Our Smartphones

Sometimes you know that something in your life impacts you in certain ways but you don’t know the official name and you really don’t know exactly how it works. That is how I felt about Behavioral Architecture.

The first time I came upon the term was reading Adam Alter’s book, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping us Hooked.

Alter asked the following question: How far are you from your phone right now? Can you reach it without moving your feet?...
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