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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.

Different Kinds of Friends and What They Mean to Us
4 days ago

Different Kinds of Friends and What They Mean to Us

Almost everybody has friends. It is part of life to have them. Some of us have loads and some have very few, but we all feel that they are important in our lives. And we all know who our friends are. They are people who are not our family…
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When Breaking Up with Friends Is Hard but Necessary
5 days ago

When Breaking Up with Friends Is Hard but Necessary

Friendships with women are what get a lot of us through life. On TV, in movies, and on the Net, friendship is exalted and even elevated to the level of one’s “tribe.” But in real life, people can betray confidences, fail to come through…
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Social Media, Emotional Residue, and Friendships
2 weeks ago

Social Media, Emotional Residue, and Friendships

If you Google emotional residue it talks about the scientific study of how strong emotions in a space can be detected by others even after the person feeling the emotion is no longer there. The whole concept of “bad vibes” appears…
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How a Surprise Friendship Showed Me that Life After 60 Gives as Much as It Takes
2 months ago

How a Surprise Friendship Showed Me that Life After 60 Gives as Much as It Takes

By  •  Lifestyle

The older I get, the more clearly I see – through my new trifocals – that life really is a give and take proposition, often with equally unsatisfactory results. For example, life giveth plantar fasciitis and taketh away fashionable footwear….
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6 Powerful Ways to Communicate Without Saying Anything
2 months ago

6 Powerful Ways to Communicate Without Saying Anything

By  •  Lifestyle

One of the most powerful ways to communicate with one another is through non-verbal language. Read More

The Life-Sustaining Value of Female Friendship During Covid
2 months ago

The Life-Sustaining Value of Female Friendship During Covid

For most women, friends form the basis of our well-being. Sure, our partners may be on the front line, but, particularly for women over 60, friendships have great emotional heft. They form the basis of our social life and contribute…
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We Need to Talk About the Most Important Human Skill
3 months ago

We Need to Talk About the Most Important Human Skill

As a psychotherapist and podcaster, I thought I had pretty much mastered the art of conversation. Sure, I knew I had a couple of bad habits, like interrupting and repeating myself, and I’ve had clients get confused at my multi-part questions. Read More

My Summer of Love with Martha and Mary
3 months ago

My Summer of Love with Martha and Mary

You may be familiar with the Biblical story of Martha and Mary. Mary is sitting quietly at the feet of Jesus, absorbing his wisdom, and Martha is orchestrating the events of the evening and making sure there is food on the table…
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It’s All on Me! Being Single Over 60 Doesn’t Mean You Need to Feel Overwhelmed
3 months ago

It’s All on Me! Being Single Over 60 Doesn’t Mean You Need to Feel Overwhelmed

When an acquaintance, Michael, shared with me that he had lost his job at a small law firm, it opened a new level of communication between us. We talked about his new situation and he told me he was very appreciative of having my ear. I’d see him most mornings at the dog park where our dogs played together. Read More

How Often Do You Evaluate Your Connections? Perhaps It’s Time You Get to It
3 months ago

How Often Do You Evaluate Your Connections? Perhaps It’s Time You Get to It

A gift of the Coronavirus is time for self-reflection. This was impossible in normal times; so consumed were we with work, family, household chores, volunteering, book club, working out, and general “busy-ness.” In mid-March all that came…
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