Barbershop Singing for Human Connections

Barbershop singing is a great way to make connections and to change the mood in stressful situations as this video shows. #barbershop #langley #vancouver

As we all live longer lives and look for quality in that life, the importance of the connections we have with others becomes ever more apparent. According to Scientist Matthew Lieberman, this is something that is hardwired into our nature. In his article, Why We Are Wired to Connect, he states the following:
The data suggests that we are profoundly shaped by our social environment and that we suffer greatly when our social bonds are threatened or severed. When this happens in childhood it can lead to long-term health and educational problems. We may not like the fact that we are wired such that our well-being depends on our connections with others, but the facts are the facts.
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Do You Have Your Man Shed

man caveIf the notion of a man shed is new to you, it seems to be a concept that is getting more and more interest. Positive Psychology News has an interesting story about Kevin McCloud and his attempts to build a shed in woodland in the southwest of England.  The basic formula is: Man + Shed = Happiness. Continue reading “Do You Have Your Man Shed”

Learn A New Language And Become More Popular

goethes werkesThis article is contributed by Charlie Smith. If you really enjoyed languages at school but kind of drifted away from learning French or German, why not pick up where you left off and start all over again? You don’t have to restrict yourself to those European languages, but you can certainly do a lot worse. We live in an increasingly shrinking world, thanks to computers and long haul flights. Having a second language is a real asset nowadays and you will be surprised to learn just how many doors this will open for you. Let’s have a look at some great reasons why having a second language really rocks! Continue reading “Learn A New Language And Become More Popular”

Retired Means You Do Not Do Everything Yourself

retirement jarThis a guest post by Anthony Pitt. Who doesn’t look forward to the day of their retirement finally coming?! You’ve worked long and hard for many years, and the day your retirement arrives is the day when you need to put your feet up. Retirement should be enjoyed to the absolute maximum – you deserve it! The days of long hard graft are well and truly behind you so it’s time to indulge yourself. It’s a time for discovering new skills and talents, as well as putting extra time into yourselves and your families. Continue reading “Retired Means You Do Not Do Everything Yourself”

5 Ways to Keep Feeling Young and Active After Retirement

relaxing in a hammock This article is contributed by Simon Fletcher. It is a day that will come for us all; your working days are over and tomorrow is just an unfilled day. It is on the one hand a moment to relish, but on the other it is a time that can come to signify inaction and emptiness.  The best way to keep feeling young and positive about the possibilities life now offers you is to stay active, to take on new hobbies, and to do the things that you had wanted to all of your life but never had the time. Continue reading “5 Ways to Keep Feeling Young and Active After Retirement”

Volunteering – Make A Difference Day Is Saturday October 27

volunteersUSA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light for more than 20 years have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.  This year it will take place on Saturday October 27.  Everyone is encouraged to get involved with some volunteering project on that day. It’s a timely reminder of the importance of volunteers in society and seniors can be a big part of this volunteerism movement as you will see in what follows.  Continue reading “Volunteering – Make A Difference Day Is Saturday October 27”

Community Gardening for Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Communities

This article is contributed by Karl Stockton.

Gardening as a holistic solution for many of society’s ills was first recognized in the late 19th century school gardening movement. Leaders in the Progressive Movement, many of them directly engaged in public schools, saw gardens as an opportunity to instill the civic virtues of thrift and community while also allowing urban children the opportunity for healthy meals.

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Elderly People And Car Accidents – Older But Not Always Wiser?

This article is contributed by Sarah Henderson from Scotland.

Britain’s roads are busier than ever. And that’s not just because there are more and more cars on the road. People are living longer and many older people are choosing to drive well into their seventies – with some still behind the wheel in their eighties.

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Get Around To Those Gardening Jobs

This article is contributed by Frank Barnes. Some jobs are a delight. Gardening is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures and it doesn’t matter whether you have an acre or a window box, there is something very satisfying about growing plants. Naturally, as we age, some gardening tasks can become trickier. That is no reason to give up the garden though as these five tips will help anyone with limited mobility to keep gardening. Continue reading “Get Around To Those Gardening Jobs”