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What the New RAISE Family Caregivers Act Will Do

Back in June, in a blog post I wrote about the stresses many of America’s 40 million family caregivers feel, I said: “Perhaps one day, Congress will …

Baby Boomers

How to Find Meaningful Work to Feed Your Soul

For almost 20 years, Shawn Askinosie was a top criminal defense lawyer, specializing in serious felony cases like murder, robbery and drugs. Some of …

Happiness

Getting to the Doctor Without a Car in Rural America

The scattered residents of rural southwest Virginia have few options when it comes to getting to their health care providers if they don’t own a car. …

Health Care

Why do we buy into conspiracy theories?

Our innate sense of skepticism is often where our wild beliefs begin.<p>Questioning accepted information is not in and of itself a negative thing. …

Psychology

11 Secrets to the Good Life From the World’s Happiest People

In 2017, Denmark was ranked the 2nd happiest country in the world, falling one notch from it’s top ranking in 2016. Year after year, the Danes trade …

Hygge

The holidays can be hard when you lose someone, but honoring them can help

When you've lost a loved one, the holidays can be brutal. There's no easy way around it. The holiday season looks and feels very different from what …

Christmas

The War on Stupid People

American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.<p>As recently as the 1950s, possessing only middling intelligence was not likely to severely limit your life’s trajectory. IQ wasn’t a big factor in whom you married, where you lived, or what others thought of you. The qualifications …

Sherlock Holmes

The people who made a difference in 2017

They will restore your faith in humanity.<p>Sure, 2017 was filled with a lot of events that weren't necessarily positive and heartfelt, but the news …

StumbleUpon

How amputees may be able to control robot arms with their minds

When we lose a limb, the brain never stops missing it. So much so that it reaches out to make a new connection — and keeps trying years after that …

5 pieces of essential life advice from seniors

<i>iStock</i><p>Enjoy these insights from older Americans on the key ingredients for a good life, and get inspired to do your own interview for this year’s …

War

Facing Down the Biggest Fear of All

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of a series from author and speaker Ken Druck, based on work in his book Courageous Aging, which is about how all …

Baby Boomers

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. …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Agriculture

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 …

'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 …

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 …

StumbleUpon

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

Young men get more emotional satisfaction out of “bromances”—close, heterosexual friendships with other males—than they do out of romantic …

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 …

Edvard Munch

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 …

Healthy Living

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 …

How do you stay relevant as you get older?

It's hard, and change is inevitable, but you can fight it.<p>This is me back in 1985, when I was an architect. The building is Toronto's Kensington …

Construction

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 …