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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.

How Often Do You Go Out and Play with Your Friends?
4 weeks ago

How Often Do You Go Out and Play with Your Friends?

“Go outside and play with your friends!” That was Mom’s clarion call to us kids back then when friendship was easier. When we were naive, tolerant, open to diversity, and had few boundaries…
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How Easy Is It to Like, Unlike, and Dislike on Facebook and in Real Life?
4 weeks ago

How Easy Is It to Like, Unlike, and Dislike on Facebook and in Real Life?

Facebook comes with both its upsides and downsides, as we’ve all discovered over the past decade. Some of the obvious upsides are how Facebook helps us stay connected…
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Can Long-Term Friendships Endure in Later Life?
2 months ago

Can Long-Term Friendships Endure in Later Life?

Our girlfriends see us through the best and worst of life. In times of heartbreak, failure, and success, they are there for us. We share each other’s innermost secrets and celebrate special times together…
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What Do You Look for in Friends After 60?
3 months ago

What Do You Look for in Friends After 60?

The old quote by Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” bears attention, even in our ThirdThird (ages 60-90). A few years ago, I was in a period of change, going from one type of work to another, and this quote helped me go forward…
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Lessons from an Adult Friendship: Remembering Lois
4 months ago

Lessons from an Adult Friendship: Remembering Lois

By  •  Family

Adult friendships can be difficult to navigate. Friendships forged during younger years, when the canvas of our life has only been lightly sketched upon, are a cozier fit…
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Finding Friends After 60: Can We Make It Easier?
4 months ago

Finding Friends After 60: Can We Make It Easier?

By  •  Lifestyle

As I brushed my hair and applied mascara, the banter of the morning talk show hosts played in the background. When the women – and men – on television casually mentioned how difficult it is to make new friends…
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Easy Cooking and Entertaining for After 60 Dinner Parties
5 months ago

Easy Cooking and Entertaining for After 60 Dinner Parties

Years ago I would often have people over for dinner. We called these events dinner parties, and I would usually invite anywhere between two to five couples. I would spend all day in the kitchen, cooking up a storm and still be busy when the company arrived…
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10 Techniques to Help You Prepare for Your Big High School Reunion or Family Gathering
6 months ago

10 Techniques to Help You Prepare for Your Big High School Reunion or Family Gathering

By  •  Lifestyle

Attending significant gatherings, whether a class reunion or a family wedding, can make us anxious even as we look forward to them. We’ll be seeing people who knew us way-back-when…
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“Don’t Talk to Strangers” Great Advice for Kids, Horrible Advice for Adults
6 months 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

Ready to Feel Confident After 60? Then Quit Surrounding Yourself with Toxic People
7 months ago

Ready to Feel Confident After 60? Then Quit Surrounding Yourself with Toxic People

When you’re working to get your confidence back and build boundaries at 60 and better, there is one “hiding in plain sight” barrier that will keep you from reaching your goals…
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