Delia Lloyd is an American writer and communications consultant based in London. Her writing has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, and The BBC World Service. She blogs about adulthood at http://realdelia.com and is a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. Follow her on Twitter @realdelia.

Latest Posts By Delia Lloyd

2 months ago

Are Nightmares Helpful? Why Bad Dreams May Be Good for You

I’ve long been an active dreamer. My dreams are lengthy, plot-driven and very detailed. I nearly always remember them when I wake up…

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2 months ago

3 Steps for Having Fun as You Age

Like many people, I was simultaneously horrified and energized by a recent essay in The New York Times entitled, “How Covid Stole Our Time and How We Can Get it Back.” Its basic point was as follows: Most of us have eaten up hundreds of thousands…

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3 months ago

Turning into Your Mother? Here’s What to Do

You know that phase, “After a lifetime of perfect vision, you’re suddenly wearing glasses.” Long after your own children have long graduated orthodontia, your dentist has informed you that you, too, need braces again! 

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3 months ago

Discovering Happiness Later in Life: Was It Always There?

Long ago and far away – back when I was still an academic – I once took a long drive home from a conference with a colleague. It was a two- or three-hour drive, the kind where you start off talking about work and end up talking about your childhood…

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5 months ago

How to Stay Fresh in Your Encore Career

There’s an old expression that seasoned college professors like to invoke about teaching: “The first year you get it wrong. The second year you fix it. And the third year you’re bored.” As I settle into my third year running my…

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5 months ago

New to Career Reinvention? Just Dive In!

A friend of mine called for some career advice recently. She’s about to make a radical shift: after more than 20 years in the fashion industry, she’s becoming a detective. She went through a grueling selection process. But she made it through to the other side…

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6 months ago

Let’s Have a Go at Interpreting Dreams

I’ve written before about my recurring dreams. From the proverbial math test that you haven’t studied for – to the play you’re in where you don’t know your lines – I regularly experience some of the most common dreams in adulthood…

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7 months ago

Why We Need to Challenge Our Biases as We Age

My son called me recently to share an observation he’s had at college. While his older professors are wise and erudite, they aren’t necessarily as open to new ideas as some of his younger professors. He’s onto something. It’s generally accepted…

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8 months ago

How to Create the Much Needed “White Space”

It’s always gratifying when the book you happen to pick up off the shelf is *exactly* the book you need to be reading. So it was with Dorie Clark’s The Long Game: How to be a Long Term Thinker in a Short-Term World. Allow me to set the scene…

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8 months ago

Can You Embrace Optimism After a Lifetime of Sadness? Yes, If You Want to!

I was working with a client recently on his public speaking. As part of an exercise, I asked him to recount a sad memory. He paused. And then he paused again. And then he paused some more. After a minute or two like this, I finally interrupted him…

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