Lifestyle

July may feel like a month without much worth celebrating. After Americans finish celebrating Independence Day on July 4th, it can feel as though the month is simply one, long, unending heat spell!Instead of just sitting in front of your fan sweating for the rest of the month, take the time to celebrate some of the unusual, lesser-known holidays taking place this July. Here are just a few of the dates most worth celebrating.  July 1st-7th: Clean Beaches Week July is the best month to hit the beach. Instead of simply visiting the beach to lounge on the sand, consider bringing a f... more ...
All of us could use a little more laughter in our lives. In addition to making us feel good, research has proven that laughter can improve our health. Cortisol levels, known for contributing to feelings of stress, are reduced through laughter. Your blood pressure may be lowered, as well as your risk of developing heart disease. A few good chuckles throughout the day can even burn some extra calories!Life often leaves us sighing more often than laughing, however. Sometimes, we need to actively seek out laughter, rather than waiting for funny moments to come to us.Can you remember the last time ... more ...
Whether you’re currently under self-quarantine, are working from home, or are simply continuing to limit your contact with others, there’s a good chance that the coronavirus outbreak has left you isolated from many of those in your life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though life will fully return to normal any time soon. As we continue practicing social distancing, it is important to ensure that the most isolated and vulnerable members of our society are not left feeling abandoned and alone.  Are you looking to support others in your community during this diff... more ...
In the past week, the exponential spread of the novel coronavirus worldwide has changed the daily lives of individuals around the globe. Schools have closed, and many nations have severely restricted travel, public gatherings, and the opening hours of many businesses. The pandemic must be taken seriously, particularly by older adults. Other than shopping for essentials, individuals should strive to stay at home as much as possible.If there’s a low chance that you’ve been exposed to the virus, you will likely want to self-monitor, checking yourself for symptoms such as fever or a co... more ...
 Though all of us know the value of literature and the joy of reading a captivating novel, many of us find ourselves spending more and more time reading online content than actually sitting down with real books. Before the year comes to a close, consider expanding your horizons by going on a literary journey to another corner of the globe. These beloved works from around the world are just a few titles that might spark your interest! Russia: Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky One of the best-known works of Russian literature, Crime and Punishment is a fascinating exam... more ...
Protecting the environment and slowing climate change is a more pressing issue than ever before; studies have shown that climate change exceeding an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius before the end of the century could have devastating impacts upon humanity, as well as the rest of the natural world. If we don’t take action to slow climate change, we will already have hit this limit by the year 2040!Though government regulations are certainly needed to limit industrial impacts on the environment, we can all take action on an individual level, too.Do you want future generations to grow up in... more ...
As the air begins to grow chilly and the leaves begin to change color, many of us find ourselves in the mood to curl up under the blankets and watch a good movie at home. The next time you’re in the mood to watch something, consider choosing one of these classic fall films. Whether you’re in the mood for something spooky, something heartwarming, or simply something silly, one of these titles is sure to entertain you.  The Trouble with Harry (1955) Set amongst the colorful trees of the Vermont countryside, The Trouble with Harry combines the beauty of fall with a dist... more ...
At one point or another, most of us have heard it argued that compromise is the key to happy and healthy relationships. It is, of course, true, that relationships, both personal and professional, require certain amounts of “give and take.” That being said, reaching a satisfying compromise is rarely an easy task! What may, on the surface, seem like a happy compromise may lead to bitterness or resentment if one party feels that they’re actually making a major sacrifice, rather than meeting their partner in the middle. The next time you find yourself negotiating with a roma... more ...
From time to time, many of us need an extra touch of motivation and inspiration in our lives. If you’re feeling stuck, now just might be the right time to pick up a book filled with tips and ideas that encourage you to make positive changes in your life. Though broadly categorized as self-help books, the following titles also often highlight the triumphs and travails of others, providing insights regarding the personal and professional experiences of successful individuals. Are you looking to transform your habits and outlook on life? If so, add one of these thought-provoking t... more ...
With the winter holidays far behind us and no upcoming celebrations in sight, most of us are unlikely to receive many presents in the months to come. As singles, we sometimes miss out on other gift-giving occasions, too, such as anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. All of us, however, deserve a little treat every now and then! The next time you’re out shopping, treat yourself to something you wouldn’t usually indulge in. If you’re looking for ideas, the following products and experiences are a few things almost anyone will enjoy. A Few Culinary Indulgences ... more ...