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The next time there’s a delay in your checkout line, remember this kind, patient cashier

You're in the store checkout line and something slows down the person in front of you. Maybe they're looking for coupons or a card is declined. …

Parenting

Why Mentally Strong People Attract Toxic People

You are mentally strong, but toxic people seem to surround you.<p>Does Auntie T always come over with a complaint about her neighbors? Does Uncle V show …

Self-improvement

It's time to change our definition of 'old'

'The Longevity Economy' explains how to market to aging boomers.<p>About seven years ago I pitched the idea of a different kind of lifestyle website to …

Healthy Living

Neighbors unite to harvest farmer's final crops

When Van Brownlee of St. Charles, Iowa, planted his crops in May, he couldn't have predicted that he would die a few weeks later of a heart attack. …

Farming

When is it time to hang up the car keys?

Waiting for your kids to take them away is the wrong answer.<p>Being forced to give up the car keys is apparently one of the most traumatic events of …

Longevity

'The Coffin Club' faces death with a song

Kiwi musical spotlights seniors who find joy in building their caskets.<p>In New Zealand, seniors are taking death into their own hands, meeting once a …

New Zealand

Burger King's anti-bullying ad is an eye-opener

Burger King is known for its flame-broiled Whopper and its creepy, plastic-headed monarch of a mascot, but it's not exactly known for its socially …

Burger King

Your brain has an autopilot mode (and you might want to fine-tune it)

Ever feel like you're "in the zone," able to carry out tasks effortlessly without thinking about them? You're probably functioning on autopilot.<p>The …

The Brain

StumbleUpon

Men Are More Satisfied By ‘Bromances’ Than Their Romantic Relationships, Study Says

TIME Health<p>For more, visit TIME Health.<p>Young men get more emotional satisfaction out of “bromances”—close, heterosexual friendships with other …

Relationships

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the …

Education

Goalcast

The wisdom of a third-grade dropout will change your life. - Dr. Rick Rigsby<p>Inspired? Get Rick Rigsby's book; Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout: …

Why reading fiction makes you a better person

Reading novels has all kinds of benefits for the mind — and maybe even the spirit.<p>Ask any reader who their favorite fictional character in a novel is …

Psychology

How some blind people 'see' with their ears

Daniel Kish has earned the nickname, the 'real-life Batman.'<p>When Daniel Kish enters a room, he may not be able to see, but his ears give him a 360 …

The Brain

Is aging a disease we should be trying to cure?

We might be forgiven for a certain preoccupation with death. Maybe that’s because we're all born with a condition that is as inescapable as it is …

Longevity

How do you stay relevant as you get older?

It's hard, and change is inevitable, but you can fight it.<p>Watching a documentary about urban issues on the local public television network, I was …

15 Habits of People With Concealed Depression

Depression is a very serious mental illness that often goes unnoticed for years. People with concealed depression are battling demons within …

Depression

Eating alone is becoming more common — and it's a big problem for boomers

Seniors are taking shortcuts, and it's not doing them any good.<p>"Sadder than the beggar is the man who eats alone in public." So said the late French …

The Ugly Evolution of Cyberbullying

How we progressed from passive-aggressive Myspace bulletins to kids creating two Instagram profiles—one for their friends, another for their bullies.<p>Myspace bulletins were the original Facebook status: whiny letters that all your followers could read. When I was 14, I sent out a passive-aggressive …

Social Media

Caregiving With Siblings: Your Questions Answered

Next Avenue recently asked readers to tell us the questions they’d like answered about getting along with family members while caregiving. We’re now …

Parenting

Those good friends from high school? They make a difference to your adult happiness

Even if all goes well for you in high school — you keep your grades up, you engage in extracurricular activities, and you never fall on your face in …

Psychology

Shigeru Ban designs 20,000 homes for severely overcrowded refugee camp in Kenya

World-renowned architect, Shigeru Ban, is taking his talents to those who need it most. Working in collaboration with UN-Habitat, the UN agency that …

Refugees

Why talking to yourself isn't the least bit crazy

Try it — you might be surprised how useful it is.<p>When I was a kid, I'd often come downstairs for breakfast and find my grandmother in the kitchen …

Psychology

Why is it still such a big deal to take a mental health day?

There's still a stigma attached, and it needs to change.<p>I was first introduced to the concept of using sick leave at work to take time off for mental …

Mental Disorders

10 Things to Locate Before Your Parent Has a Health Crisis

As long as aging parents are handling their own finances and managing day-to-day living at home, adult children don’t think much about needing to …

Baby Boomers

Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents' Stuff

After my father died at 94 in September, leaving my sister and me to empty his one-bedroom, independent living New Jersey apartment, we learned the …

Minimalism

Smart, geeky boys have old dad to thank

Are you a bit of a geek? You might have your dad to thank for that. According to a new study, older dads have sons who may be geekier than their …

35 Things You'll Regret Doing in Life

Do you really want to live a life of #NoRegrets?

Looking at your regrets in a healthy way should be the goal.<p>Living a life free of regrets is everybody's goal, isn't it? From the #noregrets hashtag …