The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch

The happiness curve: Why life gets better after 50

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 – podcast

The happiness curve: Why life gets better after 50 – A book discussion

Yes, you do get wiser and happier after age 50

Excerpts:

Thanks to modern medicine, the lifespan of the average adult has increased by more than a decade and will probably expand even more in years to come. If that isn’t enough of a silver lining, journalist Jonathan Rauch offers even more good news about aging in his book “The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50.”

The optimistic, breezy title could easily be dismissed as wishful thinking. However, Rauch’s rosy projection is based less on new-age optimism than a review of a series of multi-country, big-data studies on happiness conducted over the past few decades.

The findings by scholars from a range of disciplines consistently show that life satisfaction is U-shaped, with contentment high in the 20s, plunging at mid-age and taking a turn for the better after 50.

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Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big by R. Hodin

Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big

Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big

Excerpts:

by Rachel Hodin

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Elvis

After a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks (his former career).

Thomas Edison

He worked at Western Union where he used to secretly conduct experiments. Then, one night in 1867, he spilled some acid and it ate through the entire floor. He was fired and subsequently decided to just pursue inventing full time.

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Actor Chris O’Dowd Criticizes Sexually Abusive Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein But He’s Got An Inconsistent Record About Women’s Issues

Actor Chris O’Dowd Criticizes Sexually Abusive Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein But He’s Got An Inconsistent Record About Women’s Issues

I was looking up information about the Irish abortion referendum debates recently, which is how I came across actor Chris O’Dowd’s name in the news and on some of my social media accounts.

O’Dowd is somewhat hypocritical or inconsistent on a few different topics. This is yet another one.

Here is the link I came across:

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd brands disgraced Harvey Weinstein a ‘pig’ and wishes he could ‘time travel a head-butt’ after working with producer several years ago – The Sun, by 

Excerpts from that article, which is dated October 2017:

The comedic actor [O’Dowd] said he was completely unaware of the string of sexual harassment claims against the 65-year-old when he worked with him a number of years ago

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Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

This is written from a Christian perspective, but I don’t think one has to be a Christian to necessarily glean and profit from some of the concepts the author raises.

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

I am not 25 anymore, or 45, or even 65. But God doesn’t care. It’s Monday and my phone is ringing. My email inbox is full. My workload is steady. The harvest is ripe, as the Good Book says, and God has work for me to do. That’s the biggest surprise to me about getting older: God doesn’t worry about age. He needs willing workers.

My biggest life questions aren’t about whether I will dye my hair, buff my thighs, or get a Botox shot.

Instead, I’m simply asking: Am I still willing to work for God and not stop?

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WWII Veteran to Graduate College Nearly 70 Years After His Last Class

WWII veteran to graduate college nearly 70 years after his last class: “I never thought I’d live to see this. It’s a miracle!”

WWII veteran to graduate college nearly 70 years after his last class

May 4, 2018

It’s been almost 70 years since Bob Barger last sat in a classroom, but the World War II veteran will finally receive his college diploma this weekend.

The 96-year-old former U.S. Navy pilot will graduate Saturday with an associate degree in technical studies from the University of Toledo in his hometown, the school said.

He is believed to be the oldest graduate in the university’s history.

“I never thought I’d live to see this,” Barger said in a recent interview with ABC station WTVG in Toledo, Ohio. “It’s a miracle!”

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300 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams by Jeff Hayden

300 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams by Jeff Hayden

Here is just a sampling from the page (I don’t want to copy all 300 quotes on my blog):

Need a quick dose of inspiration? Need a quick surge in motivation? You’ll definitely find it here …

-“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” –Mark Twain

-“You never regret being kind.” –Nicole Shepherd

-“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

-“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

-“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” –Jim Rohn

-“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

-“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” –Thomas Edison

-“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” –Mark Victor Hansen

-“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” –Aristotle

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The Museum of Failure – Teaching Lessons About Failure

The Museum of Failure – Teaching Lessons About Failure

You can visit the museum’s web site here: Museum of Failure

Surreal Los Angeles: Touring the City’s Strangest Museums

Excerpts:

by Tony Perrottet

… [Los Angeles] is the ideal setting for the Museum of Failure, one of the strangest of the strange small museums that have sprouted in Los Angeles in recent years. Inside, exhibits are like comic conceptual artworks.

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