Lifestyle

Planning a fun, family-friendly outing can quickly become a costly undertaking. Between paying for transportation, entertainment, and restaurant meals, it’s all too easy to overshoot your initial budget. Instead of opting for a fancy evening out, choose to spend a free or low-cost day of fun with your adult children or grandchildren. Take a step back and enjoy the simple things in life with these fun and free family pastimes!  Design Your Own Walking Tour  Get outside and explore your local community! Whether you live in a bustling city or a sleepy suburb, there ... more ...
As we move towards retirement age, many of us begin researching potential retirement destinations. Age-restricted communities, which generally cater to adults over the age of 55, are becoming an increasingly popular residential option for seniors looking to remain physically active and socially engaged. Much like country clubs, these communities tend to offer amenities such as neighborhood clubhouses, walking paths, tennis courts, rec rooms, and more. Unlike retirement homes, these communities generally do not provide residents with care-related services. Outdoor home maintenance is generally ... more ...
In the United States, nearly a quarter of adults over the age of 65 are both childless and single. In other developed nations, the statistics are similar. These seniors are colloquially known as “elder orphans.” Seniors who are estranged from their families or may become widowed are at risk for becoming elder orphans as well. Growing old without supportive kin is a daunting prospect. Adequate planning and foresight, however, can allow you to age independently without fearing for your future. By taking the following steps today, you can avoid the potential challenges of facing ... more ...
Age discrimination has been a recognized issue for many decades. In the United States, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which prohibits discrimination against workers over the age of 40, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Despite laws against it, ageism continues to be an issue throughout much of the world. Knowing your rights and fighting for them is an important part of combatting these continuing injustices. Age Discrimination in the Workplace In recent years, the proportion of seniors in the workforce has grown. As employees age, they may find themselves affected by su... more ...
Arts and crafts projects can be extremely rewarding. These artistic pursuits allow you to express yourself creatively and often result in a final product that can be displayed, sold, or gifted to others. An abundance of online resources make it easier than ever to take up a new craft without investing in classes or training. Are you looking for a new way to express your inventive impulses? Test out one or more of the following creative mediums to expand your artistic repertoire.  Soapmaking If you love fancy soaps and enjoy chemistry projects, soapmaking just might be the right ... more ...
Seeking approval is a natural human tendency. To avoid rejection from others, we often tell little white lies. We may agree with others despite having different opinions, constantly apologize for our actions, dole out insincere compliments, or commit to obligations that we have no interest in fulfilling. These types of behaviors can limit us in life. Instead of following our hearts and pursuing our passions, we may end up doing things purely to appease our family members or win the approval of society at large. Are you addicted to approval? The following tips may help you mitigate yo... more ...
Though most of us like to think of ourselves as tolerant and open-minded, the majority of us make snap judgments about others. Being judgmental is often second nature to us. We might raise an eyebrow when we notice someone we perceive to be over- or underweight. We might write off an acquaintance after disagreeing with a political opinion they expressed on Facebook. Striving to become genuinely compassionate is a noble challenge. Abandoning our superiority complexes and taking the time to get to know others can leave us feeling vulnerable. Shedding these elitist attitudes, however, is wel... more ...
Why haven't you taken the trash out? Pick up your dirty socks! Are you really eating another slice of cake? Nagging is unpleasant for everyone. Hassling others to get your needs met can be just as frustrating as getting hassled. Though nagging is a natural reaction to bothersome situations, it is rarely an effective communication technique. Eliminating nagging altogether can be an extremely difficult undertaking. By making a few small changes, however, you can significantly improve your ability to express your desires in a positive and productive manner. For Those Who Nag:&n... more ...
In recent years, scientists and laymen alike have learned more about asexuality. Despite an increasing recognition of the term, many people still hold numerous misconceptions regarding what asexuality is and isn't. If a person experiences a persistent lack of sexual desire towards individuals of any gender, they may choose to identify as asexual. Roughly 1% of the population is thought to be asexual. Though most asexuals tend to use the same label, individuals may approach their sexual lives, or lack thereof, in a variety of different ways. Learning more about asexuality will all... more ...
If your four-legged friend is looking at you with big, sad eyes, he may be trying to tell you something. Animals don't always whine or act out when they don't feel well. As a pet owner, you need to know your animal's routine, and be alert when it changes from the norm. Here are a few symptoms that may indicate health problems and require a trip to your veterinarian.  Weight LossJust like humans, animals will drop pounds if they get more exercise, or if they cut down on snacks and extra helpings. Unexpected weight loss, however, may indicate a serious health problem. If yo... more ...