The Stories We Tell Ourselves

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

We tell stories that make us seem adventurous, or funny, or strong. We tell stories that make our lives seem interesting. And we tell these stories not only to others, but also to ourselves. The audience for these stories, of course, affect the stories we tell. If...
Friends of a Certain Age

Friends of a Certain Age

Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? As people approach midlife, the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading. Schedules compress, priorities change and people often become pickier in what they want in their friends. Read the...
Sad music induces pleasant emotion

Sad music induces pleasant emotion

In general, sad music is thought to cause us to experience sadness, which is considered an unpleasant emotion. As a result, the question arises as to why we listen to sad music if it evokes sadness. One possible answer to this question is that we may actually feel...
The Right Way to Say ‘I’m Sorry’

The Right Way to Say ‘I’m Sorry’

Most people say “I’m sorry” many times a day for a host of trivial affronts – accidentally bumping into someone or failing to hold open a door. These apologies are easy and usually readily accepted, often with a response like, “No problem.” But when “I’m sorry” are...
How Friendships Change in Adulthood

How Friendships Change in Adulthood

Throughout life, from grade school to the retirement home, friendship continues to confer health benefits, both mental and physical. But as life accelerates, people’s priorities and responsibilities shift, and friendships are affected, for better, or often, sadly, for...
Tips for writing your autobiography

Tips for writing your autobiography

For many, later life appears to be the perfect time to begin writing your memoirs or autobiography. The recent Colour Report revealed retirees never want to stop self-improvement, with 12 per cent wishing to learn a new language or instrument, and a further 12 per...
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