5 ways to improve your life and health span

‘Superagers’ is the term coined for those more than 80 years of age who have the cognitive capacities of adults much younger. When some of their brains were checked—after they had died—scientists think these cognitive abilities may come from the presence of certain brain cells: Von Economo.

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Don’t allow loneliness to be a part of your retirement package

Loneliness is a growing problem—an epidemic, say some. And it can hit retirees if they aren’t careful. In the workplace, we’re usually forced to mix with people as part of the job. In retirement, you choose to mix or not.

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Podcast: Living More Happy now and in retirement—Part 3

This is the final of three podcasts where Dr Darren Morton talks about findings in his new book, Live More Happy.

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Podcast: Living more happy now and in retirement—Part 2

This is the second of three podcasts where Dr Darren Morton talks about findings in his new book, Live More Happy.

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Podcast: Living more happy now and in retirement—Part 1

This is the first of three podcasts where Dr Darren Morton talks about findings in his new book, Live More Happy.

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5 ways to help handle life’s regrets

We all gather regrets. That’s a reality. And the longer you live the more regrets you can gather—that’s another reality. But rather than merely cringe at the ‘if only’ thoughts, are there things that can be done to lessen the pain?

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How to increase happiness for and in retirement

You can probably guess that I have a lot of information about retirement flowing into my inbox. On purpose. I’m keen to find out what the latest thinking is. Over the past week, two stories have come in on the theme of happiness. The first tells me how to be a happy Boomer, and the second how to have a happy retirement.

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The retired life is there to live to the full

In their book, Refire! Don’t Retire, Ken Blanchard (best known for his books about management—including The One Minute Manager) and Morton Shaevitz define ‘refiring’ as: ‘Adopting an attitude of embracing the years ahead with enthusiasm rather than apathy.’

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Is laughter a way to a healthier you?

Laughter is good for us. It has been suggested that adults only laugh 12-15 times a day while children laugh from 200 to 400 times. The message for those of us in the retirement zone (preparing for or in retirement) is: laugh more.

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Why it matters that you matter in retirement—Part 3

Work plays a huge role in our daily life, and the loss of the ‘substance and challenge of work’; the relationship with colleagues; the place to go to work; and the daily routines can ‘leave a gaping hole, causing people to wonder, with so much new-found spare time, whether they matter anymore’.

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