The importance of moving on from unforgiveness

‘Everyone has a grievance story, yours may be killing you’. That’s what a psychologist friend of mine, Dick Tibbits, says after his study of forgiveness. In simple terms: Unforgiveness destroys relationships.

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You need friends to help your brain as you age

Friendships are worth building. For your brain’s sake. Having friends as you age helps your brain. In fact, it ‘might be the best brain booster as you age’.

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Service to others really matters—and it makes you happier

I was once dragged along on a week-long community service trip called STORM Co—meaning Service To Others Really Matters. It was organised by my wife for a group of 20 or so local high school students. It wasn’t that I was opposed to the idea of community service, but I say ‘dragged along’ because my […]

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You’ve got to laugh—it’s good for you, and your retirement

It’s healthy to laugh. At the Let’s Laugh website you will find a whole list of health benefits of laughter. These include: boosting the immune system, reducing the risk of heart disease, decreasing stress, reducing blood pressure, it can even be a mild antidepressant. These are benefits worth having. Each one of them.

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Being intentional about creating a positive legacy

Not to be morbid, but when you die you’ll leave a legacy of some kind. If you’re fortunate to have enough money you may be able to fund something that will help a whole lot of people way into the future. For most of us, our legacy will be mostly unknown, except to our family and a few we may have impacted on the way.

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How getting into nature can lead to a happier life

Natural environments can lift us emotionally in rich and profound ways. This is because they impact positively on our limbic system (the centre of emotions in the brain, which, if stimulated in the right way is our ‘home of happy.’)

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One easy way to prepare for retirement—sleep on it

Sleep and retirement? What’s the connection? Simply this: research is demonstrating that sleep is a key to both physical and brain health.

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Peter found a way to be positive all the way to retirement

A few years back I was interviewing Peter (not his real name) for a project I was working on. He’d retired quite a few years before and was talking about his working life. He was in charge of in-house communication for a well-known company in Australia and New Zealand. ‘It was the best job I ever had,’ he told me.

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What you can do now to age slowly for then

Nobel Prize-winning scientist and pioneering researcher into ageing, Elizabeth Blackburn, likes to talk about the healthy part of our life as our ‘health span’ and then as we age we move into the ‘disease span’. The trick is to try to lengthen our health span to keep the disease span as short as possible. This has the advantage that we age more slowly. And there are ways we can do that.

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It’s worth attempting to keep your brain healthy now

I was reminded of the need to keep our brains as healthy as possible when I came across Bill Lyon’s story. Bill has Alzheimer’s—or ‘Al’ as he calls it. He’s personalised his disease to help him fight it—him.

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