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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.

3 Tips to Connect with Others in a Meaningful Way This Holiday Season… Even If You Hate Parties
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3 Tips to Connect with Others in a Meaningful Way This Holiday Season… Even If You Hate Parties

I’m not very comfortable at parties.

I flit around like a hummingbird, never lingering with any one person. Or I latch on to one person in hopes of having a conversation that lasts all evening. Read More

When Can a Cup of Tea and a Slice of Lemon Cake Save a Life?
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When Can a Cup of Tea and a Slice of Lemon Cake Save a Life?

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As older women, we all want to make the world a better place. Unfortunately, we often feel powerless to make a real difference in the lives of others. Yes, we can donate to charities or support political organizations, but, the impact that we can make through these activities feels distant and fragmented. Read More

Group Therapy in Mature Adulthood: Good Reasons for a Get-Together
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Group Therapy in Mature Adulthood: Good Reasons for a Get-Together

I’ve come to the conclusion, in my seventh decade, that there really is no such thing as too much fun. It seems to follow that people with more friends tend to have more fun. So, I’m branching out and meeting new people. Read More

Retiring Overseas and Looking for New Friends? Ask Yourself These 6 Questions
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Retiring Overseas and Looking for New Friends? Ask Yourself These 6 Questions

There are many ways that retiring overseas can improve your life. It can reduce your cost of living, while improving your overall quality of life. It can surround you with cultural experiences that you would have never have had back home. It can even act as a catalyst for reinvention. Read More

How to Make Friends as an Adult in 4 Simple Steps
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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

5 Science-Backed Reasons Why Being Social Is Good for Your Health in Your 60s and Beyond
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5 Science-Backed Reasons Why Being Social Is Good for Your Health in Your 60s and Beyond

By  •  Lifestyle

A great number of studies tells us social interaction is important and good for our health and overall well-being. Especially so among senior women.

Conversely, here’s what could happen if you neglect your social well-being: Read More

How to React to Friends’ Terrible News in Your 60s: Is There a Proper Way, Really?
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How to React to Friends’ Terrible News in Your 60s: Is There a Proper Way, Really?

By  •  Lifestyle

It’s very probable that all of us know the feeling when a friend surprises us with really bad news, such as a possible terminal medical diagnosis.

For me, bad news can feel like a kick to the gut. I make an effort to stay bravely positive and present for my friend, but all the while I’m thinking, “Oh no, pancreatic cancer!? not again! I’ve already lost two friends.” Read More

Get Fit, Have Fun and Make New Friends After 60
1 year ago

Get Fit, Have Fun and Make New Friends After 60

Sounds too good to be true, right? But in all honesty, it is possible. Exercise is much more fun when we can make it a social event – and if food is involved, so much the better.

Here are 4 ways to make new friends and get fit, simultaneously: Read More

We Need to Talk About the Most Important Human Skill
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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

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