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How to Make Friends as an Adult

For most of our lives, our social relationships are accidental. Then, in our 60s, we find ourselves wondering how to make friends as an adult. This is not a trivial question. Having strong social ties is good for our health and happiness. Let’s explore this topic together.

Finding Friends as an Older Adult Requires a Different Approach
2 years ago

Finding Friends as an Older Adult Requires a Different Approach

Less than two years ago, I moved from the Valley of the Sun, in Arizona, to Southern Oregon. While much research had gone into finding a nice permanent spot (actually more than 19 years of travel and thought), the actual move was rather spontaneous and a bit impulsive. Read More

Are Your Fears Stopping You from Making Friends as an Adult?
2 years ago

Are Your Fears Stopping You from Making Friends as an Adult?

Humans are hard-wired to avoid pain and seek pleasure. Unfortunately, when it comes to making friends as an adult, our self-protective instincts can be our worst enemies. Read More

How to Make Friends as an Adult in 4 Simple Steps
2 years ago

How to Make Friends as an Adult in 4 Simple Steps

As many people in their 60s have discovered, making friends as an adult is difficult. Without the social bonds that connect us to others as parents, many of us feel isolated or, even a little lonely. Read More

The Importance of Being Your Own Best Friend After 50
2 years ago

The Importance of Being Your Own Best Friend After 50

Who is your best friend? If the name that just popped into your head was anything other than “I am,” you’re missing out! Ok, I know that it’s popular to say that you should “be your own best friend,” but, what does this really mean? More importantly, how can we go about building a stronger, more loving relationship with ourselves? Read More

Celebrate Your Sixty and Me Sisters – Together We Are Invincible!
3 years ago

Celebrate Your Sixty and Me Sisters – Together We Are Invincible!

I never had a sister. As the older sibling to two boys, my childhood was spent dodging mud pies, swinging from trees and washing dirty clothes. Ok, I’m not really complaining. I love my brothers dearly. The point that I’m making here is that I never understood the power and value of sisterhood until much later in my life. Read More

Filling Your Life with Positive People is a Key to Happiness After 60
3 years ago

Filling Your Life with Positive People is a Key to Happiness After 60

So much of our life is spent trying to please other people. While some women are able to find the strength to truly be themselves at every stage in their lives, the majority of us feel compelled to care what other people think along the way.

But, regardless of how we got here, the good news is that, now that we are in our 60s, we all have the opportunity to be who we really are. Read More

Making Friends as an Adult – How to Look Past “Accidental” Friendships
3 years ago

Making Friends as an Adult – How to Look Past “Accidental” Friendships

Have you ever thought about the fact that, for most of our lives, the majority of our friends are “accidental?” When we are children, we choose our friends from among the other kids in our classes. When we join the workforce, our colleagues form the backbone of our social life. When we become parents, our life becomes an intricate dance of sports events, sleep overs camping trips and family dinners. Read More

Making Friends as an Adult – Remember that You Can’t Change People
3 years ago

Making Friends as an Adult – Remember that You Can’t Change People

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to change other people? This is true even in loving relationships, where both people have an incentive to listen and respond to their partner’s needs. It is especially true for our friends and acquaintances who, while they may care for us, are mostly interested in getting the most from their own lives. Read More

“Cheers” Can Teach Us About Making Friends as an Adult
3 years ago

“Cheers” Can Teach Us About Making Friends as an Adult

As we reach our 60s, many of us find that our social circumstances are changing. Our kids, once the center of our lives, are grown up and are pursuing their own dreams. Our careers are either winding down or changing dramatically. Many of us are dealing with a divorce or separation. As a result, many baby boomers find themselves having to make new friends again for the first time in years. Read More

“Don’t Talk to Strangers” Great Advice for Kids, Horrible Advice for Adults
3 years ago

“Don’t Talk to Strangers” Great Advice for Kids, Horrible Advice for Adults

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. You’re sitting in your living room, waiting for your child to come home. They’re 5 minutes late. Then 15. Then the panic sets in.

As parents, we wanted to do everything we could to protect our kids from our own imagined fears. If we could have surrounded them in bubble-wrap and assigned them bodyguards, we would have. But, since our kids would never let us get away with that, we did the next best thing. We nagged, bribed, threatened and cajoled them. We told them, in a hundred different ways, “Don’t talk to strangers.” Then, we hoped for the best. Read More

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